I'm using fancydr like this:

\usepackage{titlesec} % Normal chapter titles


This doesn't work well with chapter*{}, as it leaves the last chapter's details to the header.

e.g. I have

\chapter{Conclusions and future directions}


Then the pages in summary show Conclusions and future directions in their header. How could I make fancyhdr work with chapter*? and is there a possibility to disable the fancyhdr for some pages?

  • Add also \chaptermark{Summary} besides the \addcontentsline command.
    – egreg
    May 24, 2015 at 12:43
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    @egreg Thanks, almost perfect, but is there a way to remove the number in front of the title in header. e.g. I currently get 0. Abbrevations and Symbols, but I'd like just Abbrevations and Symbols. the alternative, which might even be better is to disable fancyhdr for some pages, is this possible?
    – eimrek
    May 24, 2015 at 13:04
  • titlesec discourages the use of starred versions of sectional units.
    – Werner
    May 24, 2015 at 17:29

1 Answer 1


You should define \chaptermark in a better way:


so “0.” will not be added when the chapter number is zero (that is, for the chapters before the first).

For the conclusion, use


Notice the different order, because you want to execute those commands at the start of the chapter text, not at the end.

  • When I try to redefine the chaptermark, I get the error: ! Package titlesec Error: Entered in horizontal mode.. In the fancyhdr definition I also have a \renewcommand for \chaptermark, maybe I could add something to that?
    – eimrek
    May 24, 2015 at 14:06
  • I see no mention of \titlesec in the question. My feeling is that you're adding the \renewcommand in a wrong place.
    – egreg
    May 24, 2015 at 14:07
  • I added the titlesec header in the question. When I put your \renewcommand{\chaptermark} after the fancyhdr stuff, I get the error, but before that I won't get the error and it doesn't do anything (gets overwritten by the fancyhdr redefinition of chaptermark, see the OP)
    – eimrek
    May 24, 2015 at 14:14
  • @Shepherd Sorry, I forgot a \markboth! Note that \markboth should be used for the summary (not \chaptermark).
    – egreg
    May 24, 2015 at 14:16

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