Let me start of by saying I'm pretty new to LaTeX. I'm writing my master's thesis and the following problem has popped up:

I'm writing in XeLaTeX. As I'm setting my chapters to get the general outline of the thesis I sometimes have to use the *-sign after \chapter, not necessarily because I don't want them in the ToC (as a matter of fact, they need to be in it), but I don't want the 'chapter 1'-text on the page itself nor should they be numbered. I'm also using the \fancyhdr-package and this is where it starts to get a bit more complicated.

This is part of the code:

\usepackage{fontspec} %needed to write in Arial

\usepackage[british]{babel} %language

\usepackage{graphicx} % Required for inserting images


\linespread{1.3} % equal to 1.5 line-width (mandatory)


top=30mm,bottom=40mm, left=21.2mm, right=21.2mm, heightrounded]{geometry}

%header and footer
\fancyfoot[C]{Thesis Title}

%due to little errors the following correction:
\setlength{\headheight}{13.59999pt} %for compensation, see next line


%\input{chapters/titlepage} < \input-files are empty at this moment in time. I was just getting the outline of the file. There is an ocasional \lipsum (see Introduction); I've now just placed it in the code.


\chapter*{Societal outreach}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Societal outreach}
%\input{chapters/societal outreach}





Now what does that do? it makes a header called 'CONTENTS' of the page of the ToC and the page that starts the abstract. Something that I don't want. It would be fine if both headers are empty (i.e. the way the header of Societal outreach is).

Does anyone know a workaround? Thanks in advance!

  • Unfortunately your example does not compile. Neither is \assignpagestyle defined nor do we have the external file, that you \input. So it is not a minimal working example and I can only guess, that moving \assignpagestyle{\chapter}{fancy} behind the \tableofcontents` could help. But note also, that your \addcontentsline for the ToC could be to late (at least if the ToC has more than one page). Using a package like tocbibind could be the better idea. Note also, that \chapter* does not change the marks itself.
    – cabohah
    Jun 9, 2023 at 16:47
  • @cabohah Alright so, first of all, thanks for your reply! I've reworked the MWE, ran it on a new file, and it should compile now (first question I've ever posted here, so I still have a lot to learn). Probably important to note (I didn't in the original question) I'm writing in XeLaTeX. The \input are mostly empty as I've now added in the MWE after a %. I've tried out putting the \assignpagestyle(...){fancy} after abstract and that fixed some problems, but not all. Maybe I could redefine plain-pagestyle like I did with fancy and assign it on everything up to abstract?
    – StanS
    Jun 10, 2023 at 8:10
  • @cabohah Yes so, I did try to redefine the plain-pagestyle and it worked! I assigned it to everything up until introduction and then pasted the assignpagestyle(...){fancy} after \chapter{Introduction} The code I added in the preamble: ``` \fancypagestyle{plain}{ \pagestyle{fancy} \fancyhead{} \fancyfoot{} \fancyfoot[RO,LE]{\thepage} \fancyfoot[C]{Thesis Title} } \assignpagestyle{\chapter}{plain} ``` Thanks for your help! P.S. I will look into tocbibind as well.
    – StanS
    Jun 10, 2023 at 8:21

1 Answer 1


After a chat with you guys, I found a solution for my problem: I defined the plain-pagestyle to my liking and then applied them to everything up until the introduction. the extra code in the preamble is:

    \fancyfoot[C]{Thesis Title}

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