I tried using

\begin{\centerline{Chapter Title}}

but using this causes the index/table of contents \tableofcontents's entries for chapters to be center aligned as well.

Is there a better way to center align chapter's title, without disturbing the document?

I am using \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside]{memoir}.

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    Yes, plenty of ways. However, we should know the document class you're using.
    – egreg
    May 18, 2016 at 7:26
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    I believe \begin{\centerline{Chapter Title}} should also cause errors, no?
    – sheß
    May 18, 2016 at 8:41

3 Answers 3


This answer assumes you are using the report or book document classes. i.e. \documentclass[...]{report} or \documentclass[...]{book} is at the top of your document.

The Easy Way

The easiest way to achieve what you are looking for is to use the expanded form of the chapter command:

% ## Expanded \chapter command ##
% Format: \chapter[<shorttitle>]{<title>}
%         where <shorttitle> is used in the ToC

\chapter[Chapter Title]{\centering Chapter Title}

Obviously, this must be used where you would use \chapter.

This method is not recommended.

The titlesec Way

The more professional way of doing what you ask is to use the titlesec package.

This is more powerful and is defined as follows:


This may look daunting at first, but is simple when you've read Page 4 of the titlesec Documentation.

The default layout

For the default look of the chapter number above the title, use the following snippet in the preamble. Makes the chapter number line the size 'huge', the actual title 'Huge', bolds it, centers it and prints "Chapter X:\\<1 line of space>\\Some Title" when used.

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]{\bfseries\centering}{\huge Chapter \thechapter}{1em}{\Huge #1}

The side-by-side layout

To have the chapter number adjacent to the title, use the following snippet in the preamble. It affects \chapter and makes it the size 'Huge', bolds it, centers it and prints in the format "Chapter X:<1em of space>Some Title" when used.

\titleformat{\chapter}{\Huge\bfseries\centering}{Chapter \thechapter}{1em}{#1}

Further notes

  • The sizes can be changed by substituting \huge and \Huge.
  • Changing <format> affects the whole heading, whereas <label> is only for the label and <before-code> for the title.
  • #1 is required in <before-code> (it's the title text) when \usepackage[explicit]{titlesec} is used.

Recommended Reading: titlesec Documentation



\titleformat{\chapter}[display]{\bfseries\centering}{\huge Chapter \thechapter}{1em}{\Huge #1}


    \chapter{Some Chapter}

    \chapter*{Unnumbered Chapter}

  • The easy way is the best fit, thanks for the answer. May 18, 2016 at 16:12

Assuming you're using one of the "standard" document classes (i.e., article, report or book) or a document class that's based on one of the standard classes, you could achieve your objective by adding the following instructions to the preamble:


I see you are using the memoir class, which provides a variety of centred chapter titles. If you want to use one of these a simple \chapterstyle{name} in your preamble is all you need. Read section 6.5 Chapter Headings in the manual (texdoc memoir) for graphic display of the styles, and also how to create your own.

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