I am using the fancyhdr package and I want to have a thicker line under my header and I want to have it colored, but my problem is, that this 2 commands:

\renewcommand{\headrule}{\vbox to 0pt{\hbox

Do not work together? So how can I get a more thicker line which is also colored?

Here is the complete code:


\geometry{left=4cm,right=3cm, top=2cm, bottom=2cm} 

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]{\normalfont\huge\bfseries}{\chaptertitlename\ \thechapter}{20pt}{\Huge}







\fancyhead[L]{ \textcolor{headercolor}\leftmark \text{ }\textcolor{headercolor}{\thesection}}
%\renewcommand{\headrule}{\vbox to 0pt{\hbox
 test test\\ test test    

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    Don't sent "complete code" which includes files we don't have. Sent a small example that we can compile and so use for tests. Also use fancyhdr instead of fancyheadings which is obsolete. Sep 3, 2012 at 15:05
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You need to incorporate \headrulewidth inside your redefinition of \headrule, since \hrulefill uses a different width rule:

\renewcommand{\headrulewidth}{2pt}% 2pt header rule
\renewcommand{\headrule}{\hbox to\headwidth{%
  \color{headercolor}\leaders\hrule height \headrulewidth\hfill}}

Here's an informal MWE that uses the above technique to construct the page style myheader:

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\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\usepackage{xcolor}% http://ctan.org/pkg/xcolor
\usepackage{fancyhdr}% http://ctan.org/pkg/fancyhdr
  \fancyhf{}% Clear all headers/footers
  \fancyhead[C]{My header}% Header Centred
  \fancyfoot[C]{-\thepage-}% Footer Centred
  \renewcommand{\headrulewidth}{2pt}% 2pt header rule
  \renewcommand{\headrule}{\hbox to\headwidth{%
    \color{red}\leaders\hrule height \headrulewidth\hfill}}
  \renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}% No footer rule
  • Thanks, Werner! Can I also have the text in the header ('My header') to be on the header line directly, instead of being vertically centered in the header? I think this is due, to the created \hbox if I'm not mistaken?? Thanks
    – mt1111
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:36
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    @marinko: I suggest trying something like \fancyhead[C]{\raisebox{-.5\baselineskip}[0pt][0pt]{My header}}. This lowers the My header 1/2 a baseline skip and completely removes the depth/height of the resulting change (to avoid any possible warnings in your .log).
    – Werner
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:51

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