Consider the following two LaTeX source files:

First, manually producing a title using a new environment (eww):

\begin{mytitle}This is a test document\end{mytitle}

Secondly, redefining \maketitle using the titling package:

\title{This is a test document}

Why does the second "proper" solution give substantially more vertical whitespace before the title? What can I do about it?

[ Context: I am turning a horrible "let's pretend LaTeX is a word processor" TeX template for a conference into a proper class, and I need to match the spacing. ]

  • Does just deleting the empty pre and post commands have an effect?
    – Seamus
    Jul 13, 2011 at 17:06

1 Answer 1


The titling package defines a length \droptitle which needs to be set to a negative value to move it up. Adding


to your second example will give you the same result.

By the way, you should use \bfseries instead of \bf (see Will two-letter font style commands (\bf , \it , …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?) and use \vspace{1.5ex} instead of \\[1.5ex]


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