When using the book document class one gets the chapter nr. and section name in the header. However, I've found no way of doing this in the report class. Looking at the fancyhdr package it seems like one must enter the name of the section and chapter nr. for each new section, and it not changing if one should (only) change the name in \section{} command, as it does in the book format. Is there a way to achieve this in some package?

EDIT: Was asked to give some code as to show what I've attempted When using the "book class", and utlizing this code you will find that on page 6 it says "Chapter 1: Test" in the upper right corner.

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Should one however change the class to \documentclass{report} no such header would be prodused. As I understand from the documentation for the fancyhdr package (which is the only thing I've found to create something similar by googling) it seems like I would have to manualy set what each sections header should be, rather than this been automaticly the name of the section.

  • Welcome to TeX SX! Could you post some compilable code of what you tried?
    – Bernard
    Nov 18, 2020 at 14:13
  • Hi, there! No problem, I've added some code now as an attempt at making it more clear. Nov 18, 2020 at 15:30

1 Answer 1


As you have already discovered, fancyhdr will help you with the job.

I include a sample of a longer document to see how it works (kantlipsum is just for adding dummy text).

You can play with right (R), left (L), or middle (C) headers or footers.

If you read the manual, you will see many examples, including choosing different headings for odd or even pages.

Typically you will use a minimum of 3 styles in a document, empty (no headers and footers, for a cover), plain (only page numbers, for table of contents or special pages), and fancy (the rest).


\usepackage{kantlipsum} % just for dummy text   
\usepackage{fancyhdr} % 

\fancyhf{} % clear all headers      
\fancyhead[R]{\rmfamily \small \nouppercase \rightmark}
\fancyhead[L]{\rmfamily \small \nouppercase \leftmark}  

\fancyhf{} % clear all header and footer fields
\fancyfoot[C]{\textbf{\thepage}} % except the center

\title{Test Document}

\textbf{\Large Acknowledgments} 


\chapter{Test Ch One}
\section{Section 1-One}     
\section{Section 1-Two}     
\chapter{Test Ch Two}   
\section{Section 2-One}     
\section{Section 2-Two}     




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