# How do I insert the section name into the header?

I'm trying to use fancyhdr to put the current section name into my header, but the below code just returns a blank header. I can display the current page number without a problem.

\documentclass[paper=a4,fontsize=11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[letterspace=150]{microtype}
\usepackage{sectsty}
\usepackage{parskip}

\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}

\begin{document}
\section*{sect.name}
\subsection*{sub.sect.name.a}
\section*{sub.sect.name.b}
\end{document}


What is the correct way to do this?

It is not necessary to use the packages sectsty, parskip and fancyhdr together with a KOMA-Script class.

This classes define the two commands \setkomafont and addtokomafont to change the font of the different elements in a document.

The class option parskip can be used to get a parskip instead of a parindent.

Headers and footers can be set by the package scrlayer-scrpage or the older scrpage2. Both are part of the KOMA-Script bundle.

The KOMA-Script classes have a special command for unnumbered section headings producing an entry in the page header and an entry in the table of contents: \addsec. Use this instead of \section*.

For further Information have a look at the KOMA-Script documentation.

\documentclass[parskip]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[letterspace=150]{microtype}

\usepackage[automark]{scrlayer-scrpage}% or alternativly scrpage2

\usepackage{blindtext}% dummy text

\begin{document}

• Many thanks for this. I'm using writelatex.com, which doesn't seem to support scrlayer-scrpage. If I use scrpage2 would the rest of the code be the same? – user2950747 Jul 23 '14 at 18:49
• Yes, the rest would be the same. The font element pagehead is then only a synonym for the font element pageheadfoot. You will get a warning as information that the font of the pagefoot is also changed. writelatex.com doesn't know scrlayer-scrpage because they have an older version of KOMA-Script. – esdd Jul 23 '14 at 19:26
• Thanks again. It's working fine in TeXShop on a Mac when I use \usepackage[automark]{scrlayer-scrpage}, but not if I use \usepackage[automark]{scrpage2}. I haven't made any other changes to the code. – user2950747 Jul 23 '14 at 19:41
• Oh sorry, I forgot to activate the pagestyle explicitly. Now I have added the line \pagestyle{scrheadings}. – esdd Jul 23 '14 at 23:12