I'm completely new to using TeX but have managed over the past couple of days to get a basic setup working for my thesis using memoir.

I've been exploring the chapter heading styles at https://ctan.org/tex-archive/info/MemoirChapStyles/MemoirChapStyles.pdf to try and figure out how to customise chapter heading layouts.

I have a specific style which I'm trying to recreate (see image below), but I'm unsure how to go about positioning and aligning the chapter numbers and titles side by side in this manner.

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The key features are that the elements are:

  • Next to each other
  • With a slightly wider margin than usual
  • With the chapter title extending to the right of a fixed point, potentially onto multiple lines and the chapter number to the left of it
  • How should the title for unnumbered chapters look like? Jul 21, 2012 at 20:17

1 Answer 1


Here's one possible solution using two \parboxes (change the fonts and lengths to suit your needs):





  \chaptitlefont\raggedright\scshape ##1}}
\def\afterchaptertitle{\par\nobreak\vskip \afterchapskip}


\chapter{Introduction to my research and what it's all about}


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  • Thank you so much - I hadn't come across paragraph boxes yet, I will have to spend a bit of time exploring them. Jul 21, 2012 at 20:21

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