I would like to auto-capitalize the first phrase (could be more than one word, specified by user in some way) in a paragraph and make the first letter of each word of the capitalized phrase bigger than other (capital) letters, something like the following image. What command should I use? Thank you.

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    You may use \textsc{...} for that. And please add a minimal working example (MWE) of your current setup.
    – epR8GaYuh
    Feb 12, 2020 at 7:12
  • @epR8GaYuh: Yes, it works! Thank you so much! It is used in a regular article setup like those starting latex examples in any tutorials, nothing special, so I will not show the MWE version of my latex document. Would you like to promote your comments to an answer? I will accept it. Thank you again for your help. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:21

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This type of typesetting the text is called "small caps" and can be achieved by the \textsc{Text} command.

A simple test document including some dummy text:






\textsc{Capitalization Second.} \lipsum[2]

\paragraph{\textsc{Capitalization Second.}} \lipsum[3]


Besides the regular command usage, I added a version where this is applied to a paragraph heading. Please note that in this case, a font supporting bold small caps is needed - therefore I use the T1 option.

Edit: If you need to use small cap \paragraphs a lot, you may create an own macro for it:

\newcommand{\paragraphsc}[1]{\paragraph{\scshape #1}}

Example output


As you have not said how big the first capital letter should be, maybe you are interested also in dropped capitals? If so, the package lettrine is for this:


\usepackage{lipsum, parskip,libertine}
\def\dolorsit{ % dummy text
dolor sit amet, consecteuter adisciplining elit.

\lettrine[lines=1,loversize=-.4]{L}{ore ipsum}\dolorsit 
\lettrine{L}{ore ipsum}\dolorsit
\lettrine[lines=5,slope=7pt,nindent=-4pt,findent=-10pt]{L}{ore ipsum}\dolorsit
  • Just out of curiosity, what is such capitalization at the beginning of a paragraph or chapter (typically in a book) called (in the printing world)? Oct 15, 2020 at 23:54

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