I want to remove all empty pages in my book.

I tried \documentclass[openany]{book} , but page numbers changed and new chapters sometimes begins from an even numbered page.

What I want is something like this. (Page 2 is removed in PDF.)

emptypage removed

Any help is appreciated!

  • 2
    openany is meant to allow pages to open on an even-numbered ("verso") page. If you want to "remove" empty pages but not change the pagination which had first counted these empty pages, then you probably want to use an external tool like PDFtk. But I don't understand why you'd want to do this, so I suppose you might mean something else....
    – jon
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 4:02
  • So you want to remove (semi) blank pages (they may still have a header/footer) before each chapter but still maintain the regular pagination?
    – Werner
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 5:17
  • I wouldn't do this with LaTeX as it may scr*w up your headers, footers, and margin paragraphs. Also LaTeX may not converge with a stable output document because of floats may be migrating and never end up at a stable page. The following URL may be useful.
    – user10274
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 9:36

2 Answers 2


It seems a slightly strange request but what I think you are asking for is


In other words redefine \cleardoublepage simply to step the page counter to force the page to be odd rather than throwing a blank page.

  • I was trying to implement this idea but I didn't know how to test if odd or even.
    – Sigur
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 10:40

As stated here book by default is a double-sided document leading to several empty resp. white pages after some chapters because new chapters are starting on odd pages.

You can remove these "trailing" white pages by using the oneside option. Make sure that this could change your page layout. The differences between documents using onside or twoside are explained here.

  • 1
    I wouldn't recommend this – being able to open a chapter on recto/verso isn't the same as not having both recto and verso. Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 6:14

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