I get confused with fancyhdr. Let's consider this minimal example:



\title{A dummy document}
\author{John Doe}

I can note different header/footer styles:

  1. Empty (title page)
  2. No headers + header line + page number in roman (after title page)
  3. No headers + page number in roman (page with tableofcontents)
  4. Headers + page number in roman (other pages in frontmatter)
  5. No headers + page number in arabic (chapter pages)
  6. Headers + page numbers in arabic (other pages in mainmatter)

I don't really understand (2) and (3). How can I configure all these different configurations?

If I add the following it doesn't affect the titlepage, the chapter pages and the numbering type:


How can I configure fancyhdr to:

  • Remove headers/footers on empty pages?
  • Configure header/footers on chapter pages?
  • Configure header/footers on other pages?
  • Well, (2) is a "normal" page but since there hasn't been any \chapter yet the headers are empty. (3) is a normal plain page like (5). But I haven't used fancyhdr in eons so I can't really write an answer... But as far as the first question goes, there is the emptypage package.
    – campa
    Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 8:41

1 Answer 1


Remove headers and footers on empty pages

The first question is not about fancyhdr is the behavior of \cleardoblepage. In order to remove headers and footers on empty pages I use the following code in the preamble:

  \def\cleardoublepage{\clearpage\if@twoside \ifodd\c@page\else

Configure headers and footers on chapter pages

\chapter resets the page style to plain by default. If you want to change the style of this page, try:


Headers and footers in other pages

An example on how to modify headers and footer on other pages:

\fancyhf{} %clear headers and footers
\fancyhead[LE,RO]{\thepage} %page number on the left on even pages and the right of odd pages
\fancyhead[CO]{\leftmark} %chapter name in the center of odd pages
\fancyhead[CE]{\rightmark} %section title in the center of even pages
\renewcommand{\headrulewidth}{0pt} %rule width

for this part you need to read a little more, because is difficult to make an example to illustrate every aspect of fancyhdr. Try something basic or the manual.

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