Is there any safe way to change to chapter style for specific chapters?

This seems to be quite common, as, for instance, unnumbered chapters such as acknowledgements and other bureaucracies for a thesis in the form of chapters will look extremely weird for some chapter styles.

In my case, I'm using the book and the extbook class. Furthermore, I'm only intending to apply the non regular style to all the chapters after the third one. Also I need to change the enumeration from arabic to roman starting from the second chapter.

By chapter style I mean something like http://zoonek.free.fr/LaTeX/LaTeX_samples_chapter/0.html (if a concrete example is need, say the last one), including possibly the usage of the package titlesec.

I'm actually expecting that there's a general answer. In the negative case, I can specify further details if requested to do so.

Thanks in advance.

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    You could use something like \let\Chapter=\chapter, then redefine \chapter again (using titlesec). \Chapter will retain the original definition. Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 16:26
  • @JohnKormylo Could you, please, expand on that? It's not clear to me the solution that you're proposing (for instance, if I put everything before \begin{document} I cannot understand how this will possibly work).
    – user40276
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 5:11
  • The titlesec package will allow you to define a new chapter heading style. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 13:20

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The memoir class (which covers the book, report and somthing like the article class) provides the command \chapterstyle{<style>} following which \chapter heads will be typeset using <style>. The class provides some 29 different chapter styles and the facilities to define your own style.

  • Thanks. I've seen memoir before, but I wasn't aware that it subsumed the book class.
    – user40276
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 5:09

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