I'd like to do this for some of my sections but not all. I'd also like to maintain the current spacing; for example, if the vspacing is 1cm from section title to body text (at 100% zoom), then I'd like it to be 1cm from the subtitle to body text.


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    Should this subtitle be part of the title (as in, appear in contents)? If so, why not simply use something like \section{Section Title\\Section Subtitle}?
    – raphink
    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:41
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    That's a nice option. I tried it and it looks OK, but I'd like to have the subtitle in a smaller font that the title. Thing is, when I use \section{Section Title\\ \large{Section Subtitle}}, it makes the Section Subtitle into large in the TOC.
    – User 17670
    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:58
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    Then perhaps you can play with the short title argument of the \section command: would \section[Section Title\\ Section Subtitle]{Section Title\\ \large{Section Subtitle}} be what you are looking for ?
    – Corentin
    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:04
  • Yes, that works excellently! And, it also gives me the option to remove the "Section Subtitle" argument from the [...]. Thanks all.
    – User 17670
    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:12

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If the section's subtitle has to show up in the TOC, then use:

\section[Section Title. Section Subtitle]{Section 
   Title\\ {\large Section Subtitle}}
\section{Another Section}
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    @User17670 - In my solution, I suggest not using a line break but simply a period (full stop) to separate the main title and subtitle.
    – Mico
    Aug 31, 2012 at 12:15
  • Yes, I noticed. Thanks for the input(!), although I already had a solution (which IMO looks better) from Corentin Herbert. Also, I changed \document class to \documentclass in your post :p
    – User 17670
    Aug 31, 2012 at 12:54

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