I wish to add placeholders into my disseration to ensure that all chapters begin on an odd page. These placeholders should contain ``This page was intentionally left blank.'' printed in the centre of the page. I'm using the document class:


and within my latex code preamble I have placed the following:

\def\cleardoublepage{\clearpage\if@twoside \ifodd\c@page\else
        This page was intentionally left blank.

which I found on a previous post https://latex.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20410. However, this code snippet doesn't appear to have the desired outcome. I've also tried the hack How do I make pages which were "intentionally left blank"? but this doesn't appear to work either.

  • .. to ensure that all chapters begin on an odd page ... Don't the book or scrbook classes do that automatically? What class are you using?
    – Ingmar
    Dec 6, 2020 at 15:35
  • what do you mean by "it doesn't work"? Can you make a failing example and describe what is against your expectation? Dec 6, 2020 at 15:45
  • @Ingmar - I'm using the twosided report class: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside]{report}
    – Bob1986
    Dec 6, 2020 at 17:00
  • Possible duplicate: tex.stackexchange.com/q/290802 May 2 at 2:31

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Managed to get it to work, just had to change:



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    @Ingmar - many thanks for the suggestion!
    – Bob1986
    Dec 6, 2020 at 19:19
  • the question was bumped to front page recently, OP may want to accept the answer if they're still active.
    – user202729
    May 2 at 11:23

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