I'm still relatively new to LaTeX as I switched after having too many problems with Microsoft Word. I'm required to write a document with very precise requirements at the beginning of the document that are making me confuse. Currently, from my table of content and chapter 1, everything seems fine, but I need some "meta" chapters to come between the cover and the content, kind of prefaces.

My first though was to use Part()

\part*(First preface)
\part*(Second preface)

Current problem is that I get "First preface title", but then the text is on the next page, I would like the title to appear on top of the page and the text to start just after.

I dont really know if it's important that the title appears as a part. It could just some kind of title (I tried \title but it's apparently only for the document title not some kind of headings.)

(Using TexMaker 5.0.4/Windows 10 and MiKTex 2.9 )

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    Why don't you simply use \chapter* for your prefaces?
    – Bernard
    May 9, 2020 at 11:45
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    Thanks, I think I had indeed tried \chapter or some other levels but I didn't think of testing it with the "*" ... It seems indeed cleaner than the workaround I've post in the answers so if you post this as answer I could select it as solution.
    – TTT
    May 9, 2020 at 11:54
  • I don't think it's necessary for a simple suggestion, unless you have some specific requirements.
    – Bernard
    May 9, 2020 at 11:57
  • \part acts like a super-chapter, so it doesn't sound like that's what you want. What are the requirements of these "meta" chapters? Adding the * to \chapter (or \section) makes it no longer numbered, which is usually the desired outcome in the preface.
    – Teepeemm
    Oct 1, 2021 at 21:13

1 Answer 1


Here's how I solved the problem for now.

\centerline{\textbf{First preface title}}
\centerline{\textbf{Second preface title}}

I hoped for a cleaner solution but this one is at least satisfying. I still need to tweak a bit to add some space between preface titles and text, and to make titles a larger.

StackExchange won't let me select this solution for I think two days so I'm still accepting better solutions.

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