I have a chapter of attachments which contains pdf files in this format, using the awesome pdfpages package:

Lots of multipage pdfs following

This works, but apparently clears out the header and page numbers of the parent document. What setting do I have to change to get back the header and page numbers?

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    As far as I understand ---and unfortunately--- this is not possible. However, I do have a little hope because the table of contents points to the correct page when using multiple \includepdf Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 16:41

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You can use the pagecommand key to declare the desired page style for the included pages:

\usepackage[a6paper]{geometry}% just for the example

\fancyhead[C]{Some centered header}




The file b.tex used to produce b.pdf is:


The resulting document, after the inclusion is (notice that the included pages have the fancy page style of the parent document):

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    Thanks! What is the reason for the missing header and page numbers? If I understand your post correctly, I am generating a 'new header'. Can I ask Latex somehow to use the parent document format 'original header' rather than the fancyhdr?
    – Hauke
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 7:39
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    I got it! \includepdf[pages=-,frame,scale=0.85,pagecommand={\pagestyle{plain}}]{b.pdf} enforces the original header with page numbers. Without the scaling, the pdfs would overlap with the header. pagecommand={\pagestyle... got me on the right track.
    – Hauke
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 7:49
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    @Gonzola, I suspect that pdfpages automatically sets the pagestyle to empty...?
    – Hauke
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51
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    @Hauke yes; the default for pagecommand is \pagestyle{empty}. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 12:43
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    That's not correct. It is working because the \pagestyle{fancy} command in the preamble. If you remove that line it does not work. You have to write \includepdf[pages=-,pagecommand={\thispagestyle{fancy}}]{b}
    – ernesto
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 15:45

I had a similar problem which was easily solved by using pagecommand but without any additional style or package. Just this way :

Lots of multipage pdfs following

to force latex to use the current page style

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