I'm using fncychap package with the option


I wouldn't apply it to only the first chapter and instead apply to all the next chapter. How can I do? I mean I have the part of the acknowledgements created using


and after that I start the first chapter of my book

\chapter{first chapter}

I wouldn't have fancy in \chapter*{}

  • Why should a chapter be different from the others?
    – egreg
    Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 21:42
  • Because it is not a really chapter...it is the part of the acknoledgements
    – Mazzy
    Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 21:43
  • So what? If it's a chapter treat it like a chapter.
    – egreg
    Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 21:46

1 Answer 1


If you want different formatting for an "Acknowledgments" section, just define it as you like; for instance

  \vspace*{0pt}% the margin from the top
  \phantomsection % if you use hyperref
  \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{\acknowledgmentsname} % if you want it in the TOC
  {\centering\bfseries\Large \acknowledgmentsname\par}
  \vspace*{\bigskipamount}% vertical space between title and text
  \noindent\ignorespaces % omit this line if you want to indent the first paragraph

\newcommand{\acknowledgmentsname}{Acknowledgments} % or whatever
% If babel is loaded, use also the following for the language
% in which the section is written; for instance
% \addto\captionsitalian{\renewcommand{\acknowledgmentsname}{Ringraziamenti}}

Then at the appropriate spot, issue


Change the formatting as you please. But, in my opinion, this should be a chapter like all the others (possibly not using fncychap, but this is personal opinion).

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