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I am trying to create a section header with a bold horizontal line on top and a bold horizontal line at the bottom, and a background color that extends to both ends with a centered title. So far I am able to get everything using the solution found at https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/40051/183272, but I cannot figure out how to get the text to center. I am a complete newbie when it comes to TeX, could someone help me with this code?

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{xcolor}

\titleformat{\section}{\bfseries\center}{}{0em}{\hrule height 0.5mm\colorsection}[\hrule height 0.5mm]

\newcommand{\colorsection}[1]{\colorbox{gray!30}{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep}{\ #1}}}

\begin{document}
\section{Header}
\end{document}
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  • \newcommand{\colorsection}[1]{\colorbox{gray!30}{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep}{\centering #1}}}might work
    – leandriis
    Mar 11, 2019 at 20:04
  • Welcome to TeX SX! Your sections shouldn't be numbered?
    – Bernard
    Mar 11, 2019 at 21:46

1 Answer 1

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Here is a very simple way with tcolorbox:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage[table]{xcolor}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\newcommand{\colorsection}[1]{{%
\begin{tcolorbox}[colback=gray!15,halign=center, leftrule=0pt, rightrule=0pt, arc=0mm]\thesection.\enspace#1\end{tcolorbox}}}

\titleformat{\section}[block]{\bfseries}{}{0em}{\colorsection}

\begin{document}

\section{Header}
\lipsum[1]

\end{document}

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