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How can I get \maketitle to create a separate title page with the article class?

I'm trying to vertically center the title page and abstract in my LaTeX document (much like the report class does). I'm using the article class now. Essentially what I want is the report class without chapters, just sections and subsections etc.

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Use the titlepage class option.







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    what does this class do exactly? – Mike Stumpf Jul 5 '12 at 17:55

By default, section-level numbering is defined in report.cls as

\renewcommand \thesection {\thechapter.\@arabic\c@section}

which prepends the section number with \thechapter.. The other lower-level sectioning commands follow a similar hierarchy. As such, you could just use the report document class and remove the \chapter numbering from (all) the lower-level sectioning commands (like \section and \subsection) using


Other chapter-related may also require redefinition, although this is not technically necessary. For example, \theequation, \thefigure and \thetable all condition on the value of the chapter counter, prepending it with \thechapter. only if \c@chapter>\z@ (chapter counter is greater than zero, which is only incremented from 0 at the first sign of \chapter). Regardless and for completeness:


Here's a minimal example (without anything special) that just shows the sectioning structure:

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\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\author{A.\ Nonymous} \title{My title} \date{\today}
\section{First section} \lipsum[1]
\subsection{First subection} \lipsum[2]
\subsection{Second subsection} \lipsum[3]
\subsubsection{First subsubsection} \lipsum[4]
\section{Second section} \lipsum[5]
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    One would also have to redefine \thefigure and \thetable. – lockstep Dec 2 '11 at 19:27
  • @lockstep: Didn't think of that... thanks. I'll elaborate and add. However, it seems not to be necessary since report conditions on whether \c@chapter>\z@ which helps. – Werner Dec 2 '11 at 19:28