I work with documentclass report and use fancyhdr package for chapters in this way:

\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markright{\thechapter\ #1}}
\renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markright{\thesection\ #1}}

I would like to change space between the line and the following text. Can anyone help me?

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    fancyhdr isn't involved: the relevant parameter is \headsep. Perhaps using geometry is the best strategy.
    – egreg
    May 19, 2012 at 20:18
  • You have two redefinitions of \chaptermark and two competing settings of \headrulewidth. Please consider eliminating the deadwood code.
    – Mico
    May 19, 2012 at 22:13
  • @Mico The second definition of \headrulewidth is correct, being in \fancypagestyle
    – egreg
    May 19, 2012 at 22:51
  • @egreg: Thanks, I hadn't noticed this feature.
    – Mico
    May 19, 2012 at 22:54

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As @egreg pointed out in the comments, you have to adjust the length headsep. This can be done in the following ways:

  1. Use the command \setlength{\headsep}{0.2in} where you can put the relevant value of length.

  2. Use the package geometry as \usepackage[margin=1in,headsep=.2in]{geometry}.

As pointed in the comment by @Mico in the comments, you have defined \renewcommand{\chaptermark}.....two times. Please correct them.

  • The second \fancyhead{} is correct, being in \fancypagestyle. The same for \headrulewidth.
    – egreg
    May 19, 2012 at 22:52
  • @egreg: Sorry overlooked it. Thanks for the edit.
    – user11232
    May 19, 2012 at 22:57
  • Thanks, both solutions are working. I'm just a little bit confused now... Should I delete one of the renewcommands for \chaptermark and \headrulewidth or not?
    – Laura
    May 20, 2012 at 11:55
  • @Jane: headrulewidth is ok. Everything depends on your class and whether two side/what do you want as header. I feel that the first three renewcommands -- \renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{#1}{}} \renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markright{\thechapter\ #1}} \renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markright{\thesection\ #1}} can be safely removed if you wish.
    – user11232
    May 20, 2012 at 13:17

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