I've understood that it's easily solved in the book class. But is there a simple solution for how to do this in the article class?

  • Do you mean article or maybe scrartcl? – Marco Daniel Apr 14 '12 at 20:16
  • I meant article – DoubleTrouble Apr 15 '12 at 11:34

Normally you'd want to start on an odd page:


If you really do want to have the headings on even pages, modify the definition of \cleardoublepage (taking out an \else to give \clearevenpage



\def\clearevenpage{\clearpage\if@twoside \ifodd\c@page


one two three
one two three four

  • Yeah, you are probably right that I want to start on an odd-numbered page. Your solution worked perfectly, thank you! – DoubleTrouble Apr 15 '12 at 11:38

You can put

\def\cleartoleftpage{\clearpage\if@twoside \ifodd\c@page

in your preamble and then prefix sections with \cleartoleftpage.


The following uses changepage's strict mode to set a label for every section and check whether it's odd, issuing the necessary page breaks. It takes a couple of compiles (...number of sections), to stabilize the ToC. The command \evenpagesection initiates the sequence:

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\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\usepackage[strict]{changepage}% http://ctan.org/pkg/changepage
\evenpagesection % Start sections on an even page
\section{First section}
\section{Second section}
\section{Third section}
\section{Last section}

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