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I am preparing a document using the twoside class option. The end of the Table of Contents falls such that an blank page is inserted so that the following section (List of Figures FWIW) falls on an odd page. However, the blank page has headers (using fancyhdr), which I believe will look odd with no content, on a verso page, with the start of the List of Figures on the recto.

How can I make this page empty, or plain (i.e. with only a page number)?

I have tried using \thispagestyle{plain}, but it does not affect pages with the TOC.

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    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 11:44

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Usually

\tableofcontents
\clearpage
\begingroup
  \pagestyle{empty}%
  \cleardoublepage
\endgroup
\listoffigures

does the trick (the manual version). Some classes have options for the page style of such pages:

  • Class memoir uses page style cleared. By default, it is defined using page style empty:

    \aliaspagestyle{cleared}{empty}
    

    But it can be changed to plain, fancyplain or whatever, e.g.:

    \aliaspagestyle{cleared}{plain}
    
  • KOMAScript has an option cleardoublepage, which gets the page style as argument, e.g.:

    cleardoublepage=plain
    
  • With other classes, \cleardoublepage can be redefined:

    \newcommand*{\OriginalClearDoublePage}{}
    \let\OriginalClearDoublePage\cleardoublepage
    \renewcommand*{\cleardoublepage}{%
      \clearpage
      \begingroup
        \pagestyle{plain}%
        \OriginalClearDoublePage
      \endgroup
    }
    
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  • Thanks, your manual solution works well. I'd be interested to know how it works - please could you explain?
    – Dave W
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 13:06
  • @DaveW There is not much to explain. \clearpage ends the previous stuff. Then we are at the start of a new page, either odd or even. In the latter case \cleardoublepage adds the empty page with the page style specified before. The page style change is kept local by the group. (Therefore I have updated the answer to \pagestyle). Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 13:32

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