I am using fncychap and would like to use a different font for the chapter label than the rest of the document. Is there any easy and general way?

  • Please provide some more information about your computing setup. E.g., do you use pdf(la)tex, xe(la)tex, or lua(la)tex -- or something else? Which documentclass do you use? And, which fonts are you currently using and/or looking to use for the chapter headings?
    – Mico
    Jan 8, 2013 at 20:39

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The exact configuration depends on the fncychap style you’re using, but in general, there are a few macros for adapting the style, as described in section 2.1 of the fncychap documentation. The ones for changing the font etc. are \ChNameVar{stuff}, \ChNumVar{stuff} and \ChTitleVar{stuff}. Here’s an example for the style Sonny using pdfLaTeX:

  % defaults:
  % custom:
\chapter{Hello World!}
Foo bar baz


For some more details on how to change the font and also how to do it with XeLaTeX, LuaLaTeX, or ConTeXt, see How do I use a particular font for a small section of text in my document?.

Also note that in some fncychap styles, variables influence the following variables; e.g. in my example, “Hello World!” and the rules would be red if I hadn’t specified their color. I’m not sure if that’s a bug or intended behavior.

  • the downside is on other styles it change position of title to left
    – Woeitg
    Aug 28, 2016 at 11:56

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