I am currently trying to fulfill the layout requirements of my university, which request vertical spacing of 24pt before and 12pt after section titles. I am using the titlesec package, but every time I try to set the document, I only get problems. In my document, I am using \section, \subsection, \section* and \subsection*, yet it doesn't work. My preamble`s code looks like this:


\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc} % Eingabekodierung: UTF-8
\usepackage{fixltx2e} % Schickere Ausgabe
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % ordentliche Trennung
\usepackage{lmodern} % ordentliche Schriften




% \pagenumbering{arabic}
  • If you need different spacings for numbered and unnumbered sections, titlesec provides the numberless key. Also, beware the * after \titlespacing is there to kill indentation of the first section paragraph.
    – Bernard
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:13
  • Also n needless to load fixltx2e unless you have an old distribution.
    – Bernard
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:18
  • Actually I am also wondering, why it is still there, I wanted to implement some lines from a nice template I found from our Institute for Informatics, but erased them later, yet, still they load fixltx2e. Do you have any idea, how to stop that?
    – Patty-B
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:20
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    I don't quite follow you. You erased theses lines from a template on your own computer, and finally they're still there?
    – Bernard
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:43
  • Yes, and I also deleted the log files and so on, yet this warning still shows up.
    – Patty-B
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:51

1 Answer 1


titlespacing does not allow the starred \section* commands as arguments. Instead, a \section* gets the same spacing that you set for a normal, numbered \section. Simply replace your four \titlespacing commands with the two from the code below.




  • I did it, I guess it cannot show, because my reputation is not high enough, yet. :(
    – Patty-B
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:57

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