I'm trying to reduce the number of packages I'm loading in my documents and I read on the KOMA documentation (and elsewhere) that it can define page styles better than fancyhdr. But each time I try to set up scrpage2 I get weird results, such as with the wrong section titles or positioning of elements. How can I rewrite my fancyhdr layout to scrpage2?


\fancyhead[LO]{\textit{\nouppercase{\scshape \mytitle{}}}}
\fancyhead[RE]{\textit{\nouppercase{\scshape \thechapter. \leftmark{}}}}


  \fancyhead[RE]{\textit{\nouppercase{\scshape \leftmark{}}}}
  \fancyhead[LO]{\textit{\nouppercase{\scshape \mytitle{}}}}

The preface style is used for the pages before Chapter 1; other pages just use the default fancy style.


Here's a scrpage2 solution that should at least come close to what you want. Some remarks:

  • No head- and footrules is the default setting of scrpage2.
  • Disabling uppercase letters in the header is done by the package option nouppercase.
  • The optional arguments of \lohead, \rehead and \cfoot control the settings for the scrplain pagestyle (which replaces plain).
  • The heading font is controlled by the \headfont macro.

I didn't emulate your separate preface pagestyle (which differs only slightly from your fancy style). Instead, I redefined \chaptermarkformat (which is able to differentiate between numbered and unnumbered chapters).


\lohead[]{(mytitle)}% Placeholder for \mytitle
\renewcommand*{\headfont}{\itshape\scshape}% Will equal \scshape for most fonts



\setcounter{secnumdepth}{-1}% Unnumbered chapters


\setcounter{secnumdepth}{2}% Numbered chapters, sections, and subsections



(The blindtext package is only used to add some dummy text to the example.)

  • With scrbook generally you do not need nouppercase, because the KOMA-Script classes do not use \MakeUppercase. – Schweinebacke Mar 7 '17 at 11:31
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    scrpage2 is obsolete. You can simply replace it by scrlayer-scrpage. You should then also replace \clearscrheadfoot by \clearpairofpagestyles and you can remove \pagestyle{scrheadings}. Instead of re-defining \headfont you should use \setkomafont{pageheadfoot}{…}. – Schweinebacke Mar 7 '17 at 11:33

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