# How to edit a simple header on the title page only?

I am writing my thesis and I don't want to use any other headers except on the cover page, which is basically a title page. I use the scrreprt class. If I use the following code, I can clearly see that there is a section for headers, therefore I shouldn't have to create it, but only edit it somehow.

\documentclass[final,twoside,BCOR=0.7cm,DIV=calc,openright]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{Roman}
\begin{titlepage}
I want this part in the header

This in the body of the title page
\end{titlepage}
\end{document}


I would rather not use the fancyhdr for two reasons:

1. I feel like this is a very simple task and it shouldn't require a package. The header is already there and it has a 0 length text. I don't want to style the header in any way, so it feels like an overkill to use any package, nonetheless one which is named fancy
2. I tried to use fancyhdr and I managed to add a header, but I had to use the \thispagestyle{fancy}, which adds page numbering on the titlepage. I imagine that there are solutions to remove the page number, but this would mean to fix a problem which I didn't have from the beginning.

The first googol pages on google about headers and latex are about how much fancy stuff you can do if you use fancyhdr. What if I don't want to be fancy, any solutions?

• You can use a negative value for vspace (\vspace*{-2cm}) to move the text a bit up. It is a titlepage, which needs special care. showframe shows you the margins (and head) of normal pages. How to customize my titlepage? – Johannes_B Jul 30 '15 at 16:33
• Thank you, I think that the \vspace*{-2cm} is what I'll use, but this feels more like a hack. Maybe there is an actual way to edit the actual heading. About showframe... you mean that the title page might not actually have a head section and showframe only prints the margins of the normal style? – Andrei Jul 30 '15 at 16:41
• It is a titlepage, often they have a different set of margins than the rest of the document. Titlepages need special care and manually adjusting and placing stuff is normal. There are no hacks on title pages. ;-) – Johannes_B Jul 30 '15 at 17:35
• btw, if you are interested: github.com/johannesbottcher/titlepages – Johannes_B Jul 31 '15 at 15:19

\documentclass[final,twoside,BCOR=0.7cm,DIV=calc,openright]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{Roman}
\begin{titlepage}
\markboth{I want this part in the header}{I want this part in the header}
\def\thepage{}
I want this part in the header

This in the body of the title page
\end{titlepage}

\end{document}

• This adds numbering to the page, because it changes the style of the page, so it has the same problem as fancyhdr. Thanks, anyway! – Andrei Jul 30 '15 at 16:30
• see edited answer – user2478 Jul 30 '15 at 16:41
• this seems to work, thank you, but could you elaborate a bit what \def\thepage{} does actually do? – Andrei Jul 30 '15 at 16:46
• It defines the output of the pagenumber to nothing, but only local to the titlepage – user2478 Jul 30 '15 at 16:57
• while it is a solution that works, it is not what I expected. One of the reason's why I didn't want to use fancyhdr, as I explained in the question, is that it would add page numbering and then I would have to fix this problem, that I didn't have at the beginning. For now I will wait some more, to see if anyone has a solution that does exactly what I asked, meaning, editing the head section of the page, without modifying anything else. I understand that one of the reasons such a solution is hard to find is because it doesn't exist, but for now, let's see if other people have any more ideas – Andrei Jul 30 '15 at 17:31

If you want a header to be only on the cover page, then it is not a header at all. You could just include a text with altered font at the top of the page with desired alignment (XeLaTeX makes this a little easier for me).

• Thank you, you are right, but because I was using showframe, I thought that the title environment has a reserved header space and I thought that I am supposed to use it, since it's there. Now I know better from @Johannes_B comment that showframe shows the frame for normal pages, even on the title page and the title page doesn't really have a any kind of header section in it, so I can simply just write some text and get it out of the text section by using a negative \vspace{-2cm} – Andrei Aug 6 '15 at 13:30

I think the answer of @Herbert solves your problem in a simple and good way.

If want a command that sets only a header on the current page you could load package scrlayer which is part of the KOMA-Script bundle and define a layer page style. But IMHO this is some kind of overkill to your problem.

\documentclass[final,twoside,BCOR=0.7cm,DIV=calc,openright]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{showframe}

\usepackage{scrlayer}
}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{Roman}
\begin{titlepage}