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I'm a bit frustrated because I am writing my thesis in latex and I used the graduate-thesis template from sharelatex.

I just want to reduce the spacing before a new Chapter that is generated between the top of the space and the "Chapter x" with the \chapter{"example chapter"} command.

How can I do that?

Thanks in advance!

marked as duplicate by Johannes_B, Mico spacing Jun 30 '18 at 6:18

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Since this class is based on the book class, one can take a look at that. Then you will realize that \chapter uses \@makechapterhead which is responsible for this spacing. You can change the original code (from book.cls) accordingly in the preamble:

  \vspace*{0\p@}% This is generating the additional space. default {50\p@}
  {\parindent \z@ \raggedright \normalfont
    \ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
        \huge\bfseries \@chapapp\space \thechapter
        \vskip 20\p@
    \Huge \bfseries #1\par\nobreak
    \vskip 40\p@

A word of caution: This is a well established standard. I wouldn't suggest to do big changes to that. But in the end it's up to you—your gusto and decision.

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