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 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. – user5280911 Feb 12 at 7:21

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

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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
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