How can I change the alignment of a chapter/section/subsection heading? Preferably, I want this to be something I specify in the header, as this will be necessary for all headers in the document.


This can be done using the titlesec package.

Here's a compilable demonstration example:

  {\normalfont\huge\bfseries\justifyheading}{\chaptertitlename\ \thechapter}

Now the headings are right aligned. I defined a macro \justifyheading. If you later wish to left-justify or to center, simply define \justifyheading to be \raggedleft respctively \centering.

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    Just for posterity, this can be done even simpler, just using the "easy setup" technique described on 2 of the titlesec manual: just add \usepackage[raggedleft]{titlesec} to the header. – eykanal Dec 6 '10 at 19:22
  • @eykanal: Great, that option really works! – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 6 '10 at 19:32
  • The option when the package is imported did not work for me but I have also a few definitions using \titleformat. I just had to add \raggedleft to section and subsection definition. – Celdor Oct 19 '17 at 8:56

You could use a KOMA-Script-class and redefine \raggedsection.


Just for completeness -- This can also be accomplished with the sectsty package:


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