I'm trying to generate a latex report (via Sweave and R) where the header of the document is an image that covers everything (including the top/left/right page margin) and the footer covers everything (including the bottom/left/right page margin) such that the graphics for header and footer are flush to the page edges.

Kind of like this:

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I've been playing around with fancyhdr but I can't seem to get it to do anything but stick out in the middle of the page. Additionally, I can't seem to get the header/footer to show up on ALL pages.

Help would be appreciated, here's where I am so far:


\title{Example Document}
\author{Author Name}
\date {\today}
\section{This is a good example}
Example text goes here \\
Repeat me to force a new page \\ 

3 Answers 3


I found a better solution using the wallpaper package, replacing foo and bar produces the desired result.

\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum

  • This is perfect for what I wanted - thank you!
    – Savara
    Dec 3, 2012 at 11:50
  • Is there a simple way of putting say ULCornerWallPaper on odd pages, and URCornerWallPaper on even?
    – ilya
    Sep 24, 2013 at 16:48

If you are not stuck on using fancyhdr, you could adapt the solution from How do I add an image in the upper, left-hand corner using TikZ and graphicx which uses the background package:

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  • Need at least two runs to see the images.




\newcommand{\MyGraphicLogo}{% For imported graphic logo
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
  \node at (current page.north) {\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=4cm]{foo}};
  \node at (current page.south) {\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=4cm]{bar}};

\SetBgContents{\MyGraphicLogo}% Select included image

\SetBgPosition{current page.north west}% Select location
\SetBgOpacity{1.0}% Select opacity
\SetBgAngle{0.0}% Select roation of logo
\SetBgScale{1.0}% Select scale factor of logo

\section*{Lorem Ipsum}
  • Thanks Peter, this seems to get close to what I'm looking for. Could you help me in understanding where I utilize the names of the images. Would it be a simple matter of replacing foo and bar? Jan 24, 2012 at 2:51
  • Actually, I figured that part out. Although I'm having problems with the positioning of the image. It seems to be that {current page.north west} puts the image in the top right but it is centered with the horizontal midpoint of the image is at the top edge of the page. Jan 24, 2012 at 3:50
  • Yes foo and bar are the files names options to \includegraphics. You also need to remove the [demo] option when loading the graphicx package. Also, in my example I had used current page.north, but you can still use current page.north west and include [anchor=west] if you want the image to be on the top left hand side. Jan 24, 2012 at 19:41
  • I had some problems with using the background package to place things on pages containing only floats.
    – yo'
    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:14
  • @tohecz: If that is not already a question on that issue it would be helpful to post one with a MWE. Off the top of my head I don't understand why that would be the case. Jan 25, 2012 at 15:46

I think the command you are looking for is \fancyhfoffset. The left side seems needs to increase by \oddsidemargin + \hoffset + 1in and the right side needs to increase by \evensidemargin + \marginparwidth - \marginparsep (this is surprising to me I thought it would have been plus \marginparsep).



\fancyhfoffset[L]{\oddsidemargin + \hoffset + 1in}
\fancyhfoffset[R]{\evensidemargin + \marginparwidth - \marginparsep}

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