I have the following code:




I want to customize the date on my paper so that it only says "May 2014" with custom size. How can I do this? I don't have any special packages imported. I'm also using writeLatex. Help is much appreciated.

  • Please provide the Minimum (Non)Working Example so that helpers will try to help you without any guessing on what your code is.
    – Jesse
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 5:43
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    – user31729
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 5:44
  • I just started using LaTeX today. I don't know what I can show aside from what I grab off the web. I have no MWE as I don't know what to code up for the date.
    – user65422
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 5:54
  • Where should that short date appear? What do you mean by 'custom size'? How could/should others help without starting point? ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 6:12

3 Answers 3


You can use the isodate package:



\title{Your Paper}    



Printing the day is switched off using \printdayoff

If you want to change the font size use something like:




You can use the following commands to customize your date:

day: \the\day
month: \the\month
year: \the\year

If you want the month displayed as a word instead of the number, you can use the datetime package:



\newdateformat{mydate}{\shortmonthname[\the\month]  \the\year}




You can make it fat or change the fontsize by adding the commands in \newdateformat

\newdateformat{mydate}{\Huge\textbf{\shortmonthname[\the\month]  \the\year}}

Most document classes (article included) provide the \date{<date>} macro which sole purpose is to store <date> in another macro called \@date. The latter is used when the title is made.

While one might think a date is required with \date{<date>} you can include almost anything. As such, a simple solution is just to supply the formatting and date style you want:

\date{{\Large May 2014}}

The internal bracing makes sure that the \Large scope is limited only to the use of \@date (wherever that may be). Typically one would require a \par as well to enforce the \Large fontsize baseline skip to be properly set. However, in a title, such specifics are rarely needed and most likely overridden by other vertical spacing.

  • Upvote for solution which does not require additional package.
    – Dario
    Commented Jul 31, 2022 at 22:02

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