I am using documentclass book and generating short chapters (one or two pages each). The chapter headings use too much space. I want the title at the top of the page, not pushed down.

I reduced some by changing

Chapter 1.

Chapter Title Here


  1. Chapter Title Here

The code to achieve this:


but the line is still too far down the page.

I can see the answer in How to format the chapter heading?

but I do not understand what to do with the vspace command. Please excuse my ignorance, but the syntax of latex is really arcane.

  • What line talk about you in "but the line is still too far down the page"?
    – juanuni
    May 18, 2015 at 14:47

1 Answer 1



If you can switch to the memoir class the solution is as easy as use:



% some code only needed to show margin boundaries and dummy text
\def\Gm@hrule{\color{blue!50}\hrule height 1pt depth\z@ width\textwidth}%
\def\Gm@vrule{\color{red!50}\vrule width 1pt height\textheight depth\z@}%
\def\Gm@hruled{\color{blue!50}\hrule height\z@ depth1pt width\textwidth}%
\usepackage{lipsum} %dummy text

% The important thing:
% try reparticle, komalike, crosshead, tandh, verville, etc. 
% Use "texdoc memoir" for more options.  

% Optional 


\chapter{Lore ipsum}
\section{Some section}

  • i don't know if I can or not. I will try. It's so hard to know what will break in latex.
    – Dov
    May 18, 2015 at 20:34

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