# Vertical space before new section on new page begins

How can you create vertical space before a new section on a new page begins? Using vspace or bigskip does not work.

Example:

\vspace{5mm}
\section{Section 1}
Some text
\subsection{Section 1.1}

• Have you tried using \vspace*{5mm}? Apr 12, 2016 at 10:36
• Thank you. It works with vspace*. What is the problem with vspace without *? Apr 12, 2016 at 10:55
• See the link in my answer below. Apr 12, 2016 at 11:28
• Is this a one time thing or do you want this applied to every \section? If the latter it would be better to adapt the \section command accordingly. (The best way to do this depends on the class you're using.) Apr 12, 2016 at 11:47
• @b4154 then you should state this in your question and also tell your class so people can give you proper advice. Manually adding \vspace* is error prone and surely the wrong way to proceed. Apr 12, 2016 at 13:31

As I stated in a comment, you can use the starred version of \vspace{...}, that is:

\vspace*{5mm}
\section{Section 1}
Some text
\subsection{Section 1.1}


A similar question (and thus answer) is asked here: difference between \vspace and \vspace* for negative arguments

• Using \vspace*{5mm} instead of \vspace{5mm} solves the problem. The star is essential. Apr 12, 2016 at 10:57