I am using LyX and would like (all) my document pages to have a fancy header style that I defined. However, including




doesn't work! The only way I got it to work is using the ERT command


at the beginning of the document. Does anyone know how to get over it without using an ERT?

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\thispagestyle only pertains to the page that you're calling it on. To make all the pages have the fancy style, you need to use \pagestyle{fancy}. In LyX, it is possible to set this via Document->Settings... and choosing the "Page Layout" tab with the "Heading style" as fancy:

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Note that the standard document classes that contains \chapter (book or report) will still use \thispagestyle{plain} for the first page of every \chapter (this includes title pages, as well as ToC-related first-pages as well, since the latter is issued using \chapter*). To avoid this, you have to issue an explicit \thispagestyle{fancy} in an ERT after the chapter title.

  • Thanks. I just figured that my problem arises because of having a title (a simple title, not a title page.) So my only option is to use an ERT?
    – Elec
    Commented Feb 19, 2012 at 7:17
  • @Elec: No, you could add content in your preamble as well. For example, \makeatletter\let\ps@plain\ps@fancy\makeatother would overwrite the plain page style with that of fancy, making any call to \..pagestyle{plain} be equivalent to \..pagestyle{fancy}. However, such generalizations should be considered carefully, since it may result in headers displaying on pages where headers might look weird (like the first page of a chapter).
    – Werner
    Commented Feb 19, 2012 at 7:25
  • I see. Thanks. It seems like a big bug though, that fancy style cannot be implemented after a title (with usual LyX options)...
    – Elec
    Commented Feb 19, 2012 at 7:57
  • Does this work with IEEE Transactions Document class?
    – zygimantus
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 21:18
  • @zygimantus: Yes... until proven otherwise. However, don't fiddle around with journal-specific document class layouts if you plan on submitting it.
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 21:24

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