# Is there any opposite of newpage?

Is there any command which is the opposite of \newpage/\pagebreak/\clearpage, i.e. which goes back a page instead of going forward, similarly to the way you can use \vspace to move the current vertical position in a page?

• As standard: No. TeX/LaTeX assembles and then ships out one page at a time. After that there is no going back. You would have to start somewhere like writing a new output routine, which is not for the faint of heart. – Andrew Swann Jun 24 '13 at 8:18

No, there is sampage but that isn't what you want I suspect. The whole memory model of TeX is to ship out pages as fast as you can and to free up the memory. That is why even on the machines of 1982 TeX could produce documents of hundreds of pages. Once a page has been shipped out it has gone.
• @ADP That doesn't require going back: you just do \clearpage, then if the page is odd do \mbox{}\clearpage so you are now on the even (left) page so do \includegraphics{zzz} then \clearpage gets you to the odd page and you can typeset the chapter head. – David Carlisle Jun 24 '13 at 8:23
• Great answer, that must be the reason why we need to run latex/pdflatex 2 or more times as well? – gerrit Jun 24 '13 at 17:11