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I am writing my thesis using LaTeX with a provided thesis document class, which uses fancyhdr. My problem is that both the chapter and section titles appear automatically in the header, writing over each other. Ideally i would like to remove the section titles from the header and leave the chapter headers, but I can't find how to do this. How can this be done?

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The fancyhdr package allows to modify the document headers using any one of the following commands:

  • \lhead{<text>}: Left header
  • \chead{<text>}: Center header
  • \rhead{<text>}: Right header
  • \fancyhead[<pos>]{<text>}: Header at <pos>={L,C,R} + {E,O} for left L, center C and right R headers on even E and odd O pages.

The last (advanced) command is more commonly used since it allows more flexibility via the optional [ ] parameters.

Assuming your thesis documentclass may have the following fancy header style defined (taken directly from the fancyhdr documentation:

\fancyhead[LE,RO]{\slshape \rightmark}
\fancyhead[LO,RE]{\slshape \leftmark}

which would print something like:

Traditional fancyhdr styles

In order to remove the section mark, clear the \rightmark by

\fancyhead[LE,RO]{}% Remove headers on Left Even and Right Odd pages

In general, find the side & page combination (resulting in a combination like the LE,RO choice above), and clear that specific header.

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it makes more sense to give a pointer to the documentation instead of copying its contents. –  Herbert Aug 27 '11 at 7:14
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[…] Ideally i would like to remove the section titles from the header and leave the chapter headers, but I can't find how to do this. […]

You can have both if you choose another setup for your page layout. The below example might give some inspiration in this regard. It produces a very common header layout with the chapter title placed right on even pages and the section title placed left on odd pages.

\documentclass[11pt,twoside,english]{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage[headheight=14pt]{geometry}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{blindtext}

\fancyhf{}
\fancyhead[LO]{\nouppercase{\rightmark}}
\fancyhead[RE]{\nouppercase{\leftmark}}
\fancyhead[LE,RO]{\thepage}
\pagestyle{fancy}

\begin{document}
  \Blinddocument
\end{document}

The package manual has some more examples. As always, the blindtext package is only for creating dummy text, thus is not part of the solution.

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