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 '12 at 20:18
  • You have two redefinitions of \chaptermark and two competing settings of \headrulewidth. Please consider eliminating the deadwood code. – Mico May 19 '12 at 22:13
  • @Mico The second definition of \headrulewidth is correct, being in \fancypagestyle – egreg May 19 '12 at 22:51
  • @egreg: Thanks, I hadn't noticed this feature. – Mico May 19 '12 at 22:54

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.

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  • The second \fancyhead{} is correct, being in \fancypagestyle. The same for \headrulewidth. – egreg May 19 '12 at 22:52
  • @egreg: Sorry overlooked it. Thanks for the edit. – user11232 May 19 '12 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 '12 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 '12 at 13:17

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