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I would like to re-align my title, authors and abstract to the left of the document. The example in this question is basically the output I want, but I do not want to use the memoir environment.

MWE:

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage[]{lipsum}

\usepackage{todonotes} % add [disable] to switch off

\title{Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit}
\date{}
\author{%
    Author One$^{1}$, Author2$^{2}$\\
    $^{1}$Institution 1, I 1 City, I 1 Country\\
    $^{2}$Institution 1, I 1 City, I 1 Country\\
    \underline{$^{1}[email protected]}\\
    \underline{$^{2}[email protected] }
}

\pagestyle{empty} % disables page numbers
\thispagestyle{empty} % single page disable page number

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\textbf{Abstract:} \lipsum[3]
\end{document}

gives me: This output

but I would prefer it to look more like (in terms of alignment and font size - bonus): ideal

I've tried various alignment options, but can't seem to get inside the \maketitle. Any suggestions appreciated, as I haven't done much with regards to forcing overrides on defaults. Would I use renewcommand?

I've also tried

\begingroup
\let\center\flushleft
\let\endcenter\endflushleft
\maketitle
\endgroup

but the author section is then odd looking:

flushleft

2 Answers 2

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The package titling provides esseentially the functionality found in the memoir class for titles. However in your case, it is simpler to redefine the \maketitle command directly.

\documentclass[10pt]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand{\maketitle}{\bgroup\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}
\begin{flushleft}
  \textbf{\@title}

  \@author
\end{flushleft}\egroup
}
\makeatother

\title{Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit}
\date{}
\author{%
Author One$^{1}$, Author2$^{2}$\\
$^{1}$Institution 1, I 1 City, I 1 Country\\
    $^{2}$Institution 1, I 1 City, I 1 Country\\
    \underline{$^{1}[email protected]}\\
    \underline{$^{2}[email protected] }
}

\pagestyle{empty} % disables page numbers

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\thispagestyle{empty} % single page disable page number

\noindent
\textbf{Abstract:} \lipsum[1]
\end{document} 

Sample output

The title and author information is to be found in the commands \@title and \@author. As these include the character @ in their names the refinition of \maketitle has to be included in at \makeatletter / \makeatother group.

I have also moved your \thispagestyle command to after the \begin{document}, so that it takes affect.

You didn't specify what spacing you wanted before the title. You can add vertical space after the \bgroup in the new \maketitle using say \vspace*{2cm}.

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  • So, just to be sure I understand correctly. You are overriding the maketitle command, inside of that you create a new group, you flushleft this group, and use the @variables to use the already defined title and author. I'm a bit confused as to what makeatletter and makeatother is responsible for. Noindent removes the indentation. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 16:24
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    Your understanding is correct. The \makeatletter changes the catcode of @ from a non-letter class other to the letter category, so it is allowed in command names. LaTeX uses this mechanism to hide internal commands from users. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 16:38
  • Thank you so much for the extensive, timely and helpful answer. Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 16:43
  • When trying to add \newline between authors this errors pop up There's no line here to end \maketitle
    – Fadwa
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 13:07
  • @Misaki Works OK for me, though it would be more consistent to use `\`. If you still have a problem, please post a separate question including the code you have tried. Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 12:17
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This isn't a direct answer, as this is an old question, but for those seeking a simple solution for adding footnotes in the authors block and selectively left justifying as well as making some text smaller, here is what I finally was able to do after combining several sources:

\author{Name Someone, Name Elsewise, Name Again-Again, Name (Nickname) Last, Name B. Fine\textsuperscript{a}, Name Additional\textsuperscript{a},
  Name Other\textsuperscript{b}, and Name Capper\textsuperscript{c}\\
  \vspace{1mm}
  \begin{flushleft}
  \footnotesize\textsuperscript{a}Department of Something, University of State and City, City, ST\\
  \textsuperscript{b}Department of Some Sciences, University of State and City, City, ST\\
  \textsuperscript{c}Department of Another Thing, University of State and City, City, ST
  \end{flushleft}

}enter image description here

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