# Customize KOMA section headings without titlesec

A quick question: Is it possible to change the name of a part/chapter/section with some sort of command?

For example, I have a chapter called "Important Things". I created this chapter with the command \chapter{Important Things}. This prints the title of the chapter and adds an entry in the ToC.

I guess that the information about the chapter name is stored and can somehow be accessed by a command like \chaptername or \chaptertitle or something similar. So let's assume that "Important Things" is the current "value" of the chapter-name. What if I now want to change this "value" into "Unimportant Things". For this I cannot use \chapter{Unimportant Things}, because if I use that, then I change the value of the chapter-name but I also print a chapter heading.

Maybe I could also ask the following: Can I create a part/chapter/section without printing a heading and without having an entry in the ToC?

I am not sure if I made myself clear.

I've been asked for a MWE. There you see that the page headers after the new part continue to bear the section title and chapter title of the previous part.

%!TEX TS-program = lualatexmk
\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{fmtcount}
\usepackage[noindentafter]{titlesec}

\renewcommand*{\partformat}{\partname~\numberstring{part}}

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]{\fillast}{\Large\textsc{\chaptertitlename~\numberstring{chapter}}}{1ex minus .1ex}{\LARGE\emph}
\titlespacing{\chapter}{1pc}{*3}{*20}[1pc]

\titleformat{\section}[block]{\fillast\large}{\thesection}{.5em}{\large\textsc}
\titlespacing{\section}{1pc}{*6}{*2}[1pc]

\titleformat{\subsection}[block]{\fillast\itshape}{\thesubsection}{.5em}{}
\titlespacing{\subsection}{1pc}{*3}{*2}[1pc]

\titleformat{\subsubsection}[block]{\fillast}{}{0pt}{}
\titlespacing{\subsubsection}{1pc}{*3}{*2}[1pc]

\usepackage{titleps}
\newpagestyle{chapter_and_section}{
\setfoot[][][]{}{}{}
}
\pagestyle{chapter_and_section}
\newpagestyle{first_page_of_chapter}{   % here is the definition of the first page of a chapter
\setfoot[][\thepage][]{}{\thepage}{}
}
\assignpagestyle{\chapter}{first_page_of_chapter}

\begin{document}
\chapter{Some Stuff}
\section{More Stuff}
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
\end{document}

• \chapter[Important Things]{Unimportant Things} prints Unimportant Things as title chapter but Important Things in table of contents and headings. Does it works for you? Jan 22, 2015 at 7:53
• No, not really. I am not looking for that. I want Important Things in the ToC and as the heading of the Chapter. I just want to change afterwards the name of the chapter into Unimportant Things. Jan 22, 2015 at 7:55
• \markboth{whatever you want}{something else}? Jan 22, 2015 at 8:01
• titleps does not like \markboth, as I heard (tex.stackexchange.com/a/89911/12277) Jan 22, 2015 at 8:03
• Just looked at the example, should be fairly easy with an up-to-date KOMA. Give me a bit :-) Jan 22, 2015 at 10:25

Using the interface of scrlayer-scrpage provided by the KOMA-bundle, this should be what you are after:

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{scrlayer-scrpage}

\renewcommand{\chaptermarkformat}{}
\renewcommand{\sectionmarkformat}{}

\begin{document}
\chapter{Some Stuff}
\section{More Stuff}
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Things}
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
Text.\newpage
\end{document}


# Only KOMA

Taking into account the other stuff with the ambition not to use packages like titlesec or titleps which are incompatible to KOMA-script, which has its own interface.

Here should be what you want using only KOMA-script stuff. I should mention that it uses features that have just been introduced with KOMA-script v. 3.15.

Below, i tried to put the stuff and thinking process into blocks. For example, first adjusting the space above chapters, and at last the space below chapters.

\documentclass{scrbook}
%\usepackage{fmtcount}%not needed
\usepackage{blindtext}

\renewcommand{\partpagestyle}{empty}

%dealing with chapters
\KOMAoption{chapterprefix}{true}
\setkomafont{chapter}{\LARGE\emph}

%dealing with (sub/subsub)sections
%all levels have something in common, let's save typing:
\RedeclareSectionCommands[beforeskip=-3ex,
afterskip=2ex]{section,subsection,subsubsection}
\RedeclareSectionCommand[beforeskip=-6ex]{section}

\usepackage[automark]{scrlayer-scrpage}
\renewcommand{\chaptermarkformat}{}
\renewcommand{\sectionmarkformat}{}
\ofoot*{}%Clear the outer foot
\cfoot[\pagemark]{}%pagemark in the center only on plain pages

\setkomafont{descriptionlabel}{\usekomafont{disposition}\scshape}
%descriptionlabels will now look a bit pleasing with respect to the headings

\begin{document}
\blinddocument
\blinddocument
\end{document}


Since you aren't used to the interface, it might be a bit intimidating. But i myself spent more time in the titlesec documentation to look up which space is where. You should have no trouble figuring out where to change which space/skip.

The pagehead was set to itshape but it looked almost identical before?
Everytime one can set or add to a komafont it will be preset somewhere. For the pagehead it is \normalfont\slshape.

• This only works for the formatting in my MWE, which is a minimal working example. In the full document, the formatting is more complex, because the first page of each chapter has a different formatting than the rest having an empty header and only the page number centered in the footer. This I could not achieve with KOMA (I guess it is possible though, but it was so easy with titleps and I also love titlesec). Jan 22, 2015 at 8:44
• You can specify the specs in the question and i'll show you how it workds. titlesec is another package that extends the generic standard classes, beiing not aware of the KOMA extension it breaks stuff. You get respective warnings. The interface to change the appearance of sections with KOMA-script has changed, you can open a new question for that. It will be interesting for others as well. Jan 22, 2015 at 8:57
• I'd be delighted and grateful if you want to give it a shot. Jan 22, 2015 at 9:37
• Please see the update. Jan 22, 2015 at 11:48
• Usually that what users want. Just do \addsecmark{your section title}. Might be worth a new question ;-) Jan 22, 2015 at 16:00