In a double-spaced article, I'm trying to keep the \thanks note single-spaced. I use this topic to change the spacing of \thanks back to single-spacing. This works, but it also generates an empty line at the start of the note. How do I get the text to start on the same line as the * symbol?



\title{\vspace{-4cm}Title goes here}
\author{Author Goes Here\thanks{\protect\singlespacing\protect\lipsum[1]}}


\noindent \lipsum[2]

\section{First section}

  • I achieve single spacing without the use of \protect\singlespacing in \thanks.
    – Werner
    Dec 7, 2015 at 4:38
  • You're right. It must be one of the other packages I'm loading in the actual file that causes the odd behaviour. Let me search for that. Dec 7, 2015 at 5:38
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    Footnotes shouldn't be double spaced, when using setspace. You can do \protect\linespread{1}\protect\selectfont instead of \protect\singlespacing.
    – egreg
    Dec 7, 2015 at 9:00

1 Answer 1


My initial MWE was too minimal. The problem turns out to be the order of loading packages. Specifically, loading \usepackage{setspace} after \usepackage{hyperref} creates a double-spaced thanks-note. Trying to correct that by adding \protect\singlespacing to the thanks-note generates the white line in the thanks-note.

Loading \usepackage{setspace} before \usepackage{hyperref} keeps the thanks-note single-spaced.

Alternatively, Egreg's solution to add \protect\linespread{1}\protect\selectfont to the thanks-note works regardless of the order of loading packages.

For completeness, the full preamble of the actual document is as follows.


\usepackage{amsfonts, amsmath, amssymb}

%% Swap the next two packages to correct the double-spaced thanks-note






\title{\vspace{-4cm}\textsc{Title goes here}}

\author{Author \textsc{Goes Here}\thanks{\protect\lipsum[1]}} 


 \noindent \lipsum[2]

\section{First section}
\noindent \lipsum[5]

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    hyperref should be loaded as late as possible; only a few package should be loaded after it, notably cleveref. You're definitely loading it too early.
    – egreg
    Dec 8, 2015 at 0:09
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    There's no point in loading color as well as xcolor.
    – cfr
    Dec 8, 2015 at 0:17

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