I'm using this template to write my thesis. My chapters look like that:


How can I make latex add the indent in the first paragraph of each section? enter image description here

I could manually add a hspace, but I'd like to be able to change the template and not to worry about each section seperately. How can I do that?

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    probably \usepackage{indentfirst} but not indenting the first paragraph is by design and has a long typesetting tradition – David Carlisle Jul 1 '16 at 8:55
  • @DavidCarlisle, does the first text look better to you? I know it's by design, but anyway, I don't like it. Do you think I should leave it the way it is? – user2738748 Jul 1 '16 at 9:01
  • I can't guess from your "name" where you are from, but certainly English/American (and I think German) tradition would just use indent as a separator so not have it below a heading. But other language traditions are different. I can't comment on how it looks as there is no heading in the text as shown, so obviously it looks wrong. – David Carlisle Jul 1 '16 at 9:09
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    From the Oxford Style Manual: "It is common not to indent the first paragraph in each chapter" and from Bringhurst: "The simplest way of beginning any block of prose is to start from the margin, flush left, as this paragraph does". With any document, it's a matter of who are you expecting/hoping will read it and will it bother them? On all the creative writing courses I've attended, a first paragraph indent gets flagged as an error (as it's considered an error by literary agents and publishers). You may prefer a first paragraph indent, but it's likely to make your work look unprofessional. – Nicola Talbot Jul 1 '16 at 11:38
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    You could go classical and use lettrine. – John Kormylo Jul 1 '16 at 12:45