I'm using the Wiley Template, that can be found here (http://www.latextemplates.com/template/wiley-book-style).

I'm trying to change the spacing between the chapter title and the beginning of the text. To be clear, this region shown in the figure below.

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Does anyone know where I can set this parameter?

  • @DavidCarlisle This is a personal project for some non-commercial materials.
    – Mrcrg
    Jan 15, 2020 at 23:11
  • The Wiley website actually provides two templates, not just one. Which one do you use?
    – Mico
    Jan 15, 2020 at 23:29
  • @Mico the 7″ by 10″ Template
    – Mrcrg
    Jan 15, 2020 at 23:32

1 Answer 1


Here's the definition of \@makechapterhead - the macro in charge of setting the chapter heading components (I've added indentation):

  {\parindent \z@ 
    \hbox to\textwidth{\hbox{\chapternumberfont CHAPTER
      \the\c@chapter}\hfill\vrule depth12pt width0pt}
    \hrule height3pt
    \vtop to22.5pc{\vfill
      \hrule height 1pt

After setting the chapter number, the chapter title is set inside a box of height 22.5pc. The top of this box has a \vfill to push everything inside to the bottom. Then, at the bottom, there's the chapter title (set \raggedright), a small skip (\vskip1pc), a horizontal rule (\hrule height 1pt) and then a large skip (\vskip7pc). Here's a visual of the last major skips (the showframe package was added to highlight the text block boundary):

enter image description here

You can patch \@makechapterhead to remove this using etoolbox, or edit the template to change the lengths. Below is an etoolbox patch, which reduced the large 22.5pc vertical box to 10pc and also only leaving a 2pc gap between the horizontal rule and the start of the chapter text.

% Reduce chapter title vertical box height
\patchcmd{\@makechapterhead}% <cmd>
  {\vtop to22.5pc}% <search>
  {\vtop to10pc}% <replace>
  {}{}% <success><failure>
% Reduce space between chapter title and main text
\patchcmd{\@makechapterhead}% <cmd>
  {\vskip7pc}% <search>
  {\vskip2pc}% <replace>
  {}{}% <success><failure>

enter image description here

  • It worked the way I wanted, but unfortunately it is no longer possible use the \chapterauthors command as it overlaps the title, but that's fine.
    – Mrcrg
    Jan 16, 2020 at 2:33
  • @Mrcrg: If you are interested in an alternative, provide a minimal document that replicates your current setup so we have a similar foundation to work from.
    – Werner
    Jan 16, 2020 at 3:02

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