I have seen the command a few times and I want to know what \lettrine does and whether you have to use a package in order for it to work.


From the lettrine package documentation:

Adding \usepackage{lettrine} in the preamble of a document defines the command \lettrine, the simplest use of which is \lettrine{<letter>}{<text>}. It produces a dropped capital <letter> (2 lines high), followed by typeset in small caps, and the rest of the paragraph is wrapped around the dropped capital.

A little example:



\lettrine[lraise=0.1, nindent=0em, slope=-.5em]{V}{oici} un exemple \lipsum[2]


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  • Thanks! Drop caps are an essential feature of typesetting programs; I'm surprised LaTeX didn't have native support. – rake Apr 20 '12 at 21:23
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    Your screenshot shows both a lettrine and a semi-prominent typographic river. Neat! :-) – Mico Feb 12 '15 at 17:40
  • it is unfortunate that this solution requires mixing text and formatting; I would have really like a global setting to affect every letter after a chapter header. – TamaMcGlinn May 2 at 13:26

From the here ! You can find a short introduction for the package and also some exemples showing how you can use it.

Malek B.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! I think you should elaborate on your answer. Link-only answers tend to become invalid most likely on a long term view – user31729 Feb 12 '15 at 18:33


will work

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    Maybe you can show the output to illustrate what it really does? – TobiBS Jul 7 '20 at 9:18

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