# Page break problem after changing the page format

I have the following problem. I am writting my thesis and I need to change the page format from A4 to A3 to include a figure. After this, I would like to return to the original format.

However, an undesirable page break appears always at the end on the first page after the format change. I do not know how to eliminate it or why this problem appears.

I hope you can help me. Thanks you very much in advance.

\documentclass[listof=flat,a4paper,12pt,headsepline,bibliography=totoc,listof=totoc,index=totoc,cleardoublepage=empty,numbers=noenddot,headings=normal]{scrreprt}

% hack for KOMA package
\usepackage{scrhack}

% allow sophisticated control structures
\usepackage{ifthen}

% languages
\usepackage[ngerman,english]{babel}
\selectlanguage{english} % change to ngerman for a German thesis

% character encoding
\usepackage[ansinew]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

% page layout
\usepackage[paper=a4paper,left=50mm,right=20mm,top=20mm,bottom=20mm]{geometry}

\usepackage[automark]{scrpage2}
\renewcommand{\partpagestyle}{empty}
\setkomafont{pagenumber}{\slshape}
\ifoot{}
\cfoot[]{}
\ofoot{}
\automark[section]{chapter}

% paragraph formatting
\setlength{\parindent}{0cm}
\setlength{\parskip}{6pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}

% fonts
\usepackage{times} % use times as default font
\usepackage{pifont} % enable special PostScript fonts

% use colors
\usepackage{color}

% linespacing
\usepackage{setspace}

%possible penalties for layouting
%\binoppenalty=10000
%\relpenalty=10000
%\interfootnotelinepenalty=10000
%\brokenpenalty=10000
%\clubpenalty=10000
%\widowpenalty=10000
%\hyphenpenalty=5000
%\tolerance=3000

% numbering
\setcounter{tocdepth}{4}
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{4}
\usepackage{chngcntr}
\counterwithout{footnote}{chapter} % footnotes are numbered throughout the text

% fancy math
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amssymb}

% sophisticated enumerations
\usepackage{enumerate}

% fancy tables
\usepackage{booktabs}

% algorithms & code listings
\usepackage[english,vlined,algoruled]{algorithm2e}
\usepackage{listings}

% graphics & charts
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.3}

% Load float package, for enabling floating extensions
\usepackage{float}

% allow rotations
\usepackage{rotating}

% set the bibliography style
\usepackage[round]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{bibliography/biblio_style}

\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{ltxtable}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{afterpage}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[7-15]

Figure \ref{Big figure}.

\afterpage{
\clearpage
\KOMAoptions{paper=A3, paper=landscape, pagesize}
\recalctypearea
\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[height=1.25\textheight,width=1.25\textwidth,keepaspectratio]{images/leon.JPEG}
\caption{Big picture}
\label{Big picture}
\end{figure}
\clearpage
\KOMAoptions{paper=A4, paper=portrait, pagesize}
\recalctypearea
}

\lipsum[1-15]

\end{document}


That is what I mean:

• I can't seem to identify what you mean by "an undesirable page break". – Werner Dec 19 '16 at 18:39
• Replace the second \clearpage\KONAoptions{...} with \afterpage{\clearpage\KOMAoptions{...}} INSIDE the first \afterpage. – John Kormylo Dec 20 '16 at 15:47
• It does not work. :( A3 page disappears as well as the undesirable page break. However, I need the A3 page. Thanks you for the advice!! :) – Pablo Cosio Dec 20 '16 at 22:02

Your MWE does not compile. Did you see the warnings by package typearea?

Package typearea Warning: \typearea used at group level 3. Using \typearea inside any group, e.g. environments, math mode, boxes, etc. may result in many type setting problems. You should move the command \typearea outside all groups on input line 130.

You can insert the picture outside of all groups at a fixed position. To save the page layout use something like \storeareas\savedlayout. Then you can restore the page layout using \savedlayout.

\documentclass[12pt,
parskip=half-% do not set parskip manually
]{scrreprt}
% page layout
\usepackage[left=50mm,right=20mm,top=20mm,bottom=20mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[automark]{scrlayer-scrpage}
\clearpairofpagestyles
\cfoot{to show the footer position}
\renewcommand{\partpagestyle}{empty}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[7-15]
Figure \ref{Big picture}.

\clearpage
\storeareas\savedlayout
\KOMAoptions{paper=a3, paper=landscape, DIV=25}
\includegraphics[height=.95\textheight,width=\linewidth]{example-image}
\captionof{figure}{Big picture}
\label{Big picture}
\clearpage
\savedlayout

\lipsum[1-15]
\end{document}


Another possibility is using a dummy page and dummy caption as placeholders in the document:

\documentclass[12pt,
parskip=half-% do not set parskip manually
]{scrreprt}
%page layout
\usepackage[left=50mm,right=20mm,top=20mm,bottom=20mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[automark]{scrlayer-scrpage}
\clearpairofpagestyles
\cfoot{to show the footer position}
\renewcommand{\partpagestyle}{empty}
\usepackage{afterpage}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\captionof{figure}{picture}
\captionof{figure}{picture}
\captionof{figure}{picture}
\lipsum[7-15]
Figure \ref{Big picture}

\afterpage{
\clearpage
\captionof{figure}{Big picture}\label{Big picture}
\clearpage
}

\lipsum[1-15]
\end{document}


And replacing the placeholders in a second step:

\documentclass{scrreprt}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=1-2]{mydoc.pdf}% pages before dummy page
%
\storeareas\savedlayout
\clearpage
\setcounter{figure}{3}% set the figure number
\KOMAoptions{paper=a3,paper=landscape,DIV=20}
\centering
\includegraphics[height=.95\textheight,width=\linewidth]{example-image}
\captionof{figure}{Big picture}
\clearpage
\savedlayout
%
\includepdf[pages=4-]{mydoc.pdf}% pages after the dummy page
\end{document}