# How can i remove the header on the first page of my sections, but keep the footer?

i need some support with my headers and footers. Actually my expectation was that Latex was good right at these type of things, but i'm very confused that i don't get it sorted out.

I have the article class, twosided. I define my own header and footer. Now on the first page of my sections i would like to have no header. I could live with writing \thispagestyle{something} just after the \section command.

But when i use "plain" or "empty" i loose my footer that i have styled in the way i need it. In particular, plain page style puts the page number in the middle, empty completely removes the footer. I need my page numbers on the left or right, as it is a twosided document.

My MWE is a bit verbose, it creates 5 pages with blindtext and a couple of sections. On the pages where the sections start, i somehow need my custom footer, but no header. Unfortunatelly i cannot switch to another class than article.

Hope you can help me.

Cheers Janos

\documentclass[a4paper,twoside]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}

\fancyfoot[OR]{\textbf{\thepage}}
\fancyfoot[EL]{\textbf{\thepage}}

\pagestyle{fancy}

\begin{document}

\section{First Section}
\thispagestyle{plain}

\subsection{Subsection One}
\lipsum[1]
\subsection{Subsection Two}
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\subsection{Subsection Three}
\lipsum[1]
\subsection{Subsection Four}
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]

\newpage
\section{Second Section - I don't want a header here}
\thispagestyle{plain}
\thispagestyle{empty}

\subsection{I don't want a different footer though}
\lipsum[1]
\subsection{Nor can i live without my footer}
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}

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Define a new page style with only a footer (I suppose you want only the page number). and redefine the sections formatting, adding a \thispagestyle{only_footer}. –  Bernard Aug 7 '14 at 21:22

\fancypagestyle{plain}{%
\fancyfoot[OR]{\textbf{\thepage}}%
\fancyfoot[EL]{\textbf{\thepage}}%
}


Also, remove \thispagestyle{empty} after issuing the second \section.

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