i need some support with my headers and footers. Actually my expectation was that Latex was good right at these type of things, but i'm very confused that i don't get it sorted out.

I have the article class, twosided. I define my own header and footer. Now on the first page of my sections i would like to have no header. I could live with writing \thispagestyle{something} just after the \section command.

But when i use "plain" or "empty" i loose my footer that i have styled in the way i need it. In particular, plain page style puts the page number in the middle, empty completely removes the footer. I need my page numbers on the left or right, as it is a twosided document.

My MWE is a bit verbose, it creates 5 pages with blindtext and a couple of sections. On the pages where the sections start, i somehow need my custom footer, but no header. Unfortunatelly i cannot switch to another class than article.

Hope you can help me.

Cheers Janos



\fancyhf{}% Clear header/footer


\renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markboth{\thesection\quad#1}{}} % set the \leftmark


    \section{First Section}

    \subsection{Subsection One}
    \subsection{Subsection Two}
    \subsection{Subsection Three}
    \subsection{Subsection Four}

    \section{Second Section - I don't want a header here}

    \subsection{I don't want a different footer though}
    \subsection{Nor can i live without my footer}
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    Define a new page style with only a footer (I suppose you want only the page number). and redefine the sections formatting, adding a \thispagestyle{only_footer}.
    – Bernard
    Aug 7, 2014 at 21:22

1 Answer 1


Add the following at the end of your preamble:

  \fancyhf{}% Clear header/footer

Also, remove \thispagestyle{empty} after issuing the second \section.

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