I am using the memoir class, with pagestyle "headings" for the main body of the text. I have

    \createmark{section}{right}{shownumber}{\S}{ \space}

And all works as I want, except for one sort of case.

In a chapter I have numbered sections "N.m Section title" followed by a set of exercises labelled "Exercises N" where N is the chapter number. So in a chapter file there may be section commands like

\section{Tautological equivalence}
\section*{Exercises \arabic{chapter}}

which generate as required section headings

13.8 Tautological equivalence
13.9 Summary
Exercises 13

Now here's the problem. Suppose the Exercises section starts on a right hand page. Then what I WANT is for the page header to now have (on the inside margin) "Exercises 13". But what I GET is "13.9 Summary", presumably because of the section* command.

What I need is some code that gets memoir to do the right thing here!

Either by changing the definition of \createmark for the right (I guess), or by giving some code I can add just after \section*{Exercises \arabic{chapter}} which over-rides the definition for the header, just for that page.

Many thanks in advance!

  • Manually set \markboth{} {} ?
    – daleif
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 20:08
  • Or just \markright{Exercises \arabic{chapter}} Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 20:22

1 Answer 1


The Memoir Manual is so full of detail it is easy to miss simple things. Or at least, that's my excuse! As daleif (almost) points out, adding

\markright{Exercises \arabic{chapter}}

just after the \section*{Exercises \arabic{chapter}} code does the trick. Many thanks!

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