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.


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, 2013 at 14:21

1 Answer 1


In scrbook the possible creation of the empty page following a part starting page is handed to the command \partheademptypage whose definition is


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


(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, 2013 at 18:59
  • I added this related question.
    – gerrit
    Oct 2, 2013 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, 2013 at 20:56
  • so simple with etoolbox. Define a new desired pagestyle and bingo!!! thanks a lot!!!
    – scmg
    Jul 19, 2016 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, 2017 at 8:14

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