# KOMA script - Page heading for unnumbered chapter vs. automark

I'm using the following document structure based on KOMA script classes and styles

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,BCOR10mm,DIV11,toc=listof]{scrbook}
\automark[section]{chapter}


(plus some more stuff I'm not listing here). This works very well in general. But I do have an unnumbered chapter like this

  \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Bla bla}
\chapter*{Bla bla}


and I want its title (no number) to appear in the heading of right pages (left pages blank as there are no numbered sections in this chapter). As was to be expected, this does not work out of the box, it currently lists the name of the previous chapter (list of figures).

How can I make it work? Would a manually issued \markboth{}{Bla bla} be the right way to go? From the KOMA script documentation I'm not quite sure how that would interfere with the automark stuff.

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With the KOMA-Script classes scrbook and scrreprt you can use \chaptermark{...}, \sectionmark, \chaptermarkformat{...}, \sectionmarkformat{...} to set and format the running headings. A little example:

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,BCOR10mm,DIV11,toc=listof]{scrbook}
\automark[section]{chapter}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\chapter{A numbered chapter}
\section{Test section}
\lipsum[1-5]
\chapter*{A chapter without number}
\renewcommand*{\chaptermarkformat}{}
\renewcommand*{\sectionmarkformat}{}
\chaptermark{}
\sectionmark{A chapter without number}
\lipsum[1-30]

\end{document}

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Ok. That's definitely going into the right direction. However, the \renewcommand*{\chaptermarkformat}{} part does also kill numbering and formats for all subsequent chapters and sections. Is there a way to prevent this? –  janitor048 Mar 27 '11 at 21:34
You can keep the changes local by enclosing the affected chapter and its contents inside a pair of braces. –  Gonzalo Medina Mar 27 '11 at 21:36
Damn! Of course.. Could have thought of this myself. It's getting late.. Thanks a lot! –  janitor048 Mar 27 '11 at 21:41
Thanks a lot for mentioning \chaptermark. For one of my pages \ohead{Appendix} did not work, writing the wrong chapter name. Finally got it to work! –  user2366975 Aug 22 '14 at 8:21

The KOMA-script classes also has the command \addchap instead of \chapter*. Using \addchap should correct the problem of misnamed headers. This command also automatically creates a ToC entry so \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{...} isn't needed anymore.

See the MWE modified from above using the KOMA-script class native commands.

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,BCOR10mm,DIV11,toc=listof]{scrbook}
\automark[section]{chapter}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\chapter{A numbered chapter}
\section{Test section}
\lipsum[1-5]

This should indeed work out of the box and also since it automatically creates a ToC entry \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{...} wouldn't be needed anymore. BTW: \addchap is used without star: \addchap{...} instead of \chapter*{...} –  clemens May 25 '13 at 10:28
Maybe you could aslo add a small example like Gonzalo did in his answer. You could even use his example and replace the four lines including \chapter*{A chapter without number} with \addchap{A chapter without number}. (IMHO this is the right answer for the question as it uses KOMA's tools that are made for the task.) –  clemens May 25 '13 at 10:51