I'd like the section title to look just as it does by default, except the following changes:

  • No spacing (before/after)
  • Text is inside black filled box
  • Text color is white

I've tried to use the titlesec package as done in the firt answer to the following question:

How to place a shaded box around a section label and name

However, I'm really having a hard time getting things to work with titlesec (it's not so intuitive in it's settings for me).

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    Could you show us what you tried that did not work, in a short but complete document (MWE)? That makes it easier for the community to identify problems and provide solutions for you.
    – Marijn
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 9:58
  • A small picture would be helpful also. Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 10:03
  • My first attempt is this: \let\mysection\section \def\section#1{ \vskip-\bigskipamount \mysection{#1} \vskip-\bigskipamount } but I dont know the name of the space above. Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 10:04
  • @Marijn I couldn't do much more than what is provided in the example link i sent you. I've tried to move the spacings and put the section numbers inside - but I didn't succeed.
    – ndrizza
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 10:27

1 Answer 1


Here is a solution


\renewcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}%


\section{Foo bar baz bla bla}

Update if we need some vertical space before and after

\renewcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}%

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  • Thanks that worked! Do you know how to change the solution to add a bit of space? Like 3pts before and after?
    – ndrizza
    Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 11:00
  • @ndrizza try with \renewcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}% {-3pt}% {3pt}% {\normalfont\Large\bfseries\mybox}} see update.
    – touhami
    Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 12:14

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