I am creating the format for my document and trying to set up the chapter/section/subsection etc.

When using the \chapter command the title is automatically indented. How do I make the chapter title move to the left of the page?




\chapter{\Large \bf CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION}

\subsection{First Section}


I would Like it to say "CHAPTER1: INTRODUCTION" on the left of the page, and below that say "1.1 First Section".

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    This is heavily dependent on the package you may use to influence the formatting of your chapters, or even the document class. Please provide the community with a minimal working example (MWE) that replicates the current problem.
    – Werner
    Jul 5, 2015 at 17:16
  • @Werner I am new to Latex and this forum. I have simplified my code to a MWE. What is the best way to post it for the commumity to see?
    – Ryan G
    Jul 5, 2015 at 17:57
  • @RyanG -- add your code to the edit window, then highlight it by running your mouse over it, and then click on the {} icon above the edit window. an alternative method is to insert 4 spaces at the beginning of each line, but it's really much easier to mark the whole insert at once. Jul 5, 2015 at 18:13
  • What's the point if an empty \maketitle?
    – Bernard
    Jul 5, 2015 at 18:25
  • @Bernard Sorry, I have edited it to a simpler version.
    – Ryan G
    Jul 5, 2015 at 18:31

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article doesn't have a \chapter command, so what's happening is that this text is being treated as a new paragraph.

really, you're not using the article markup at all. since putting in null \section won't do any harm, i'm just going to suggest that you enter your title as

\noindent{\Large \bfseries CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION}

oh, and \maketitle doesn't do anything here without a title.

someone else will no doubt suggest that you use a package to modify the heading formats. (i'm a bit of a renegade, and don't usually use packages for that sort of modification, so i don't know the package facilities without looking them up. and my method for making such changes is too arcane to spring on someone with little experience.)

what i do recommend, however, is that you read up on the report class. that has \chapter and the rest of the structural headings defined, so it fits more closely what you seem to have in mind here. and then look into other packages for adapting the format of the headings.

  • This makes much more sense, thank you! I am writing a thesis and the report class seems much more appropriate.
    – Ryan G
    Jul 5, 2015 at 18:53
  • I'd suggest book or memoir, rather than report.
    – egreg
    Jul 5, 2015 at 20:15
  • @RyanG -- egreg is correct here. possibly easier to start drafting text with book, but when you want to polish your presentation, and have a bit more experience with latex, memoir has many more, and easier to use, facilities for reshaping the appearance. i think i'm correct in saying that the major divisioning commands in memoir match those of book (or report), so migration shouldn't be too much of a headache. Jul 5, 2015 at 20:21
  • @barbarabeeton great thanks, I will start learning the different classes
    – Ryan G
    Jul 5, 2015 at 20:33

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