Using the following code, the beginning of the first line of text following a lettrine chapter number is not always exactly aligned with the beginning of the second line.

Changing the value of Nindent or Findent doesn't solve the problem globally.


%%%%chapter format
\newcommand{\gChapter}[1]{\lettrine[lines=2,nindent=.25em,findent=.1em]{{\textcolor{black}{#1}}}{}\markboth{\chaplabel\ #1:1}{\chaplabel\ #1:1}\renewcommand{\gnumChapters}{#1}}

%%%%verse format
% define a 'smaller textsuperscript' macro

\newcommand{\gverse}[1]{{\textsmallsuperscript{#1}\hspace*{.1em}\ignorespaces\markboth{\chaplabel\ \gnumChapters:#1}{\chaplabel\gnumChapters:#1}}\ignorespaces}


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  • Could you add a picture illustrating the problem? I having trouble visualising it and don't have a compiler to hand. What happens if you change the lines=2 in your \lettrine?
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 10:56

1 Answer 1


The first line of the indented block starts with the space by the line end after \gChapter{...}. It can be removed by \ignorespaces, for example:

  \markboth{\chaplabel\ #1:1}{\chaplabel\ #1:1}%

The LaTeX warning

LaTeX Font Warning: Size substitutions with differences
(Font)              up to 5.26443pt have occurred.

can be removed by using package fix-cm (makes Computer Modern fonts scalable) or lmodern (Latin Modern Fonts, successor of Computer Modern). The example uses the latter:

Result, page 1

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