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My question is very similar to this question, and solutions there might work, but I'm using KOMA-script. I'd like page numbers on every page, including empty ones. To this end, I passed cleardoublepage=plain as an argument to the scrbook class. This has the intended effect for empty pages introduced before \chapter, but not for empty pages introduced after \part.

\documentclass[cleardoublepage=plain]{scrbook}
\begin{document}
\part{One}
\chapter{One-A}
Hello
\chapter{Two-A}
Hello
\end{document}    

Several solutions are offered in the linked question, but all seem rather hackish to me, boiling down to a temporary redefinition of \empty. Is there a KOMA-script specific solution? \partpagestyle defines the Page style for the pages with \part titles. (KOMA-script 2012-07-22 user manual, page 71). Is there a KOMA-script way to define the page style for the empty page after the page with the \part title?

  • With scrbook the correct patch is \patchcmd{\partheademptypage}{empty}{plain}{}{} – egreg Oct 2 '13 at 14:21
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In scrbook the possible creation of the empty page following a part starting page is handed to the command \partheademptypage whose definition is

\newcommand*{\partheademptypage}{%
  \if@twoside\if@openright
      \null%
      \thispagestyle{empty}%
      \newpage
  \fi\fi
}

So you have two choices: either \renewcommand or a simpler patch:

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\partheademptypage}{empty}{plain}{}{}

(use the page style you prefer instead of plain).

Caveat. I firmly believe that otherwise empty pages should have nothing at all in them. The page number is irrelevant, for them.

  • I want a page number even on otherwise empty pages, because for me, a page number does not only serve as an anchor for the same page, but also assists when a reader is looking for a particular page number. When I'm browsing looking for page 16, and pages 14 and 18 are empty without any page numbers, that could make it a little bit more involved to find page 16. – gerrit Oct 2 '13 at 18:59
  • I added this related question. – gerrit Oct 2 '13 at 19:07
  • @gerrit If a page is empty, it's because in the facing page a chapter starts and so the page is numbered. – egreg Oct 2 '13 at 20:56
  • so simple with etoolbox. Define a new desired pagestyle and bingo!!! thanks a lot!!! – scmg Jul 19 '16 at 4:33
  • \renewcommand*{\partheademptypage}{} was the way to go for me so that the page was treated like a normal page in scrbook. Any dangers you see here? I visually checked the outcome and at least that is was I desired. – mkastner Oct 13 '17 at 8:14

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