# Adjust vertical spacing between minitoc title and contents

I'm using minitoc and I want to adjust the vertical space between the title and the contents, shown in the image below:

Here's my MWE:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{minitoc}
\nomtcrule
\begin{document}
\dominitoc
\faketableofcontents
\chapter{Minimum}
\minitoc
\section{Working}
\section{Example}
\end{document}

• minitoc is a nice package. Do you need it just for this occurence? – user31729 Aug 6 '15 at 14:36
• Well I'm writing a thesis with 4 chapters in it, but yes I guess I only need it for this one document. I've tried redefining \mtctitle to include a line break and even some \vspace at the end — these give the desired effect but throw some LaTeX errors, which I would like to avoid. – John J. Camilleri Aug 6 '15 at 14:41
• To be honest I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before... I appreciate the help! – John J. Camilleri Aug 6 '15 at 14:59
• @JohnJ.Camilleri answer edited – touhami Aug 6 '15 at 23:17

Use \mtcsetfeature{minitoc}{open}{\vspace{1cm}}

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{minitoc}

\mtcsetfeature{minitoc}{open}{\vspace{1cm}}
\nomtcrule
\begin{document}
\dominitoc
\faketableofcontents
\chapter{Minimum}
\minitoc
\section{Working}
\section{Example}
\end{document}

• Your last solution using \mtcsetfeature works perfectly, thanks! (Didn't need to try the other solutions...) – John J. Camilleri Aug 7 '15 at 5:45

Well, \minitoc is a strange command ;-)

I would like have provided a cleaner way, but xpatch does not work here (or I've not found it so far), so it's down to redefining \minitoc@, the base command of \minitoc.

The title itself is set in tabular environment -- if there's no mtc@rule, the upper part of the conditional is used, leaving almost no space -- I've added a new length and replaced \\ with \\[\mymtcaftertitleskip] then.

        \ifx\mtc@rule\relax
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\[\mymtcaftertitleskip]%
\end{tabular}%
\else
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\\hline
\end{tabular}%
\fi


Don't be afraid of the long \def\minitoc@ -- it's from minitoc.sty.

\documentclass[]{book}
\usepackage{minitoc}

\newlength{\mymtcaftertitleskip}
\setlength{\mymtcaftertitleskip}{2ex} % For example

\makeatletter

\def\minitoc@[#1]{%
\global\@minitoc@used@true
\if@mtc@longext@
\def\@tocfile{mtc\The@mtc}%
\else
\def\@tocfile{M\The@mtc}%
\fi
\mtc@CkFile{\jobname.\@tocfile}
\if@mtc@FE
\mtcPackageInfo[I0006]{minitoc}%
{\jobname.\@tocfile\space is empty}
\@mtc@empty@minitoc@true
\else
\thispageminitocstyle
%%        \mtc@markboth{\MakeUppercase{\mtctitle}}{\MakeUppercase{\mtctitle}}%
\beforeminitoc
\relax\begin{samepage}%
\if #1e\let\do@mtitc\e@mti
\else\if #1n\let\do@mtitc\n@mti
\else\if #1c\let\do@mtitc\c@mti
\else\if #1l\let\do@mtitc\l@mti
\else\if #1r\let\do@mtitc\r@mti
\else\if #1d\let\do@mtitc\df@mtitc
\fi\fi\fi\fi\fi\fi
\mtc@CkStr{\mtctitle}\if@mtc@FE \let\do@mtitc\e@mti\relax\fi
\raggedright
\parskip=\z@%
\reset@font\mtcfont%
\parindent=\z@%
\nopagebreak[4]%
\kern-0.8\baselineskip\nopagebreak[4]%
\par\noindent %%
\ifx\mtc@rule\relax
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\[\mymtcaftertitleskip]%
\end{tabular}%
\else
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\\hline
\end{tabular}%
\fi
\nopagebreak[4]\null\leavevmode\mtc@zrule\\\mtc@BBR
\leftmargin\mtcindent \rightmargin\mtcindent
\itemindent=\z@\labelwidth=\z@%
\labelsep=\z@\listparindent=\z@%
\begin{mtc@verse}{\mtcoffset}%
\c@tocdepth=\c@minitocdepth
\leavevmode\\\mtc@BBR\vskip -.5\baselineskip
\begingroup
\makeatletter
\@ifundefined{mtc@pgno}%
{\let\@dottedtocline\@undottedtocline}{}
\@fileswfalse\mtc@hook@beforeinputfile
\mtc@setform%
\openminitoc \global\inminitoctrue
\@input{\jobname.\@tocfile}%
\global\inminitocfalse\closeminitoc
\vspace{-1ex} \vspace{-\baselineskip}
\leavevmode\mtc@strut
\global\@nobreakfalse\endgroup
\end{mtc@verse}%
\kernafterminitoc
\nopagebreak[4]\mtc@bottom@rule\null\leavevmode\\%
\vskip-1.0\baselineskip\mtc@zrule\end{samepage}%
\par\pagebreak[1]\vspace*{-1ex}\afterminitoc\fi}

\makeatother

\nomtcrule
\begin{document}
\dominitoc
\faketableofcontents
\chapter{Minimum}
\minitoc
\section{Working}
\section{Example}
\end{document}


Edit Now the much shorter solution, with the help of egreg and Heiko Oberdiek:

\minitoc uses \minitoc@ internally, which is actually later on copied to \sv@minitoc@ by a \let statement. So it's necessary to patch \sv@minitoc@ then:

\documentclass[]{book}
\usepackage{minitoc}

\usepackage{xpatch}
\newlength{\mymtcaftertitleskip}
\setlength{\mymtcaftertitleskip}{2ex} % For example

\makeatletter
\xpatchcmd{\sv@minitoc@}{%
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\
\end{tabular}%
}{%
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\columnwidth}@{}}
\reset@font\mtifont\do@mtitc{\mtc@v\mtctitle}\\[\mymtcaftertitleskip]%
\end{tabular}%
}{\typeout{Patch success}}{\typeout{Patch failed}}

\makeatother

\nomtcrule
\begin{document}
\dominitoc
\faketableofcontents
\chapter{Minimum}
\minitoc
\section{Working}
\section{Example}
\end{document}

• Really appreciate your help, but @touhami's solution using \mtcsetfeature works like a charm, so I have made that the accepted answer. – John J. Camilleri Aug 7 '15 at 5:48
• @JohnJ.Camilleri: No worries. I learned some crucial points about xpatch through this – user31729 Aug 7 '15 at 8:10