I'd like to have a page that is mostly blank, but just shows the chapter number and the title, and maybe a small summary of the chapter, followed by white space... The actual sections will start on the following page. How can I accomplish this? Every search I've done yields people asking how to remove a page break.

I already know that the default for the book document class is to have a blank page before a new chapter starts, and I removed that because I don't want it. But how can I make the chapter name be the only thing on a page?

4 Answers 4


How about just issuing


immediately after \chapter{...}

Or, in the preamble you could redefine \chapter with something like

  • I was just about to ask how I could redefine \chapter. I'll give that a try, thanks.
    – Mirrana
    Dec 12, 2012 at 3:02
  • this redefinition has some problems; the original chapter command takes an optional first argument for the toc
    – cmhughes
    Dec 12, 2012 at 4:26
  • @cmhughes, I thought that \let would copy all of that. You're saying it doesn't?
    – A.Ellett
    Dec 12, 2012 at 5:04
  • I'm afraid not. Try \chapter[for the toc]{Introduction} to see what happens :)
    – cmhughes
    Dec 12, 2012 at 5:13
  • see letltxmacro package, as demonstrated in Best practices for spacing regarding fractions and roots?
    – cmhughes
    Dec 12, 2012 at 5:18

Since you also asked for a way to eventually produce a small summary for the chapter, I would suggest you the epigraph package to add this information; in the following example I defined a \mchapter command with the following syntax:

\mchapter[<Title for the ToC>]{<Title for the document>}[<Summary text>]

The first two arguments behave exactly as those of the standard \chapter command and the new third optional argument will contain the summary text typeset with the help of \epigraph; \clearpage is used at the end so that the following material will start in a new page:





\mchapter[A Title for the ToC]{First Chapter}[A brief summary for the first chapter; here we add some more text just to illustrate the effect of this optional argument]

\mchapter[B Title for the ToC]{Second Chapter}

\mchapter[C Title for the ToC]{Third Chapter}[A brief summary for the third chapter; here we add some more text just to illustrate the effect of this optional argument]


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I'd be tempted to use the titlesec package for this.


\usepackage{titlesec}                     % customize section headings

% custom chapter


% remove \clearpage from tableofcontents
% this just redefines \clearpage to nothing (locally)

\chapter[for the toc]{Introduction}

\chapter{Another chapter}


Here is a way where you can use an xchapter environment for chapters that have a precis:






\begin{xchapter}[In toc]{In text}



The example shows that the arguments to xchapter follow the same rules as the normal \chapter command, which remains available and issues a \newpage as well. For unnumbered chapters you can use the xchapter* environment.

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