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I am writing a report. I set \pagestyle{headings} which looks well, but formats the chapter in italics instead of normalfont. How can I change this to normalfont or boldfont, without using fancyhdr?

Here is an example how it looks:

KAPITEL 5. INSTALLATION UND BENUTZUNG                             26

And here is an example how it should look:

KAPITEL 5. INSTALLATION UND BENUTZUNG                             26

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Why is fancyhdr to be avoided? – egreg Jun 4 '11 at 15:34
Welcome to tex.sx! A tip: you can use backticks ` to mark your inline code‌​. – doncherry Jun 4 '11 at 15:38
@egreg Minimalism. – Richard Durr Jun 4 '11 at 15:53
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You have to modify the internal heading definition. Do you use the option twoside? Please provide a minimal example.

The solution for onside:

      \markright {\MakeUppercase{%
        \ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
            \@chapapp\ \thechapter. \ %

\chapter{Installation und Benutzung}

You are writing in German. You should use a KOMA class like scrreprt. Why don't you use a package like scrpage2 or fancyhdr

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Do I edit this in report.cls/sty directly? – Richard Durr Jun 4 '11 at 15:39
You can copy the code into your header – Marco Daniel Jun 4 '11 at 15:40
Worked beautifully, thank you very much :) – Richard Durr Jun 4 '11 at 15:52
koma destroys the pre-existing layout somehow and I do not like its look. Additionally, I want the changes to be portable to other documents easily, that do not use koma. – Richard Durr Jun 4 '11 at 15:57
@Marco: you forgot the modification to the font in your edited example? Also, \pagestyle{headings} should go after the modificatition of \ps@headings. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 4 '11 at 16:06

This is the definition of \chaptermark in report.cls for the headings page style (one sided):

  \markright {\MakeUppercase{%
    \ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
        \@chapapp\ \thechapter. \ %

Your needs seem to be twofold: "KAPITEL 1." bold and the chapter title medium face. There's also the definition of \@oddhead to keep in mind:


We have to change the way both commands act:

  \markboth {\MakeUppercase{%
    {\bfseries\ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
        \@chapapp\ \thechapter.} \ %

A similar adjustment should be done also to the definition of thebibliography and theindex (if you use them).

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When I reread the question and noticed that only \chaptername and \thechapter` were to be boldfaced, I was going to edit my answer just to give this solution. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 4 '11 at 16:13
@Gonzalo: it seems that this doesn't bother the OP. – egreg Jun 4 '11 at 16:15

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