When using book.cls and using \chapter* after a \chapter, the header used in \chapter* is wrong. An example is pasted below.

Is there any known workaround for that? I have tried quite some tricks without success.



\chapter{First Chapter}

\chapter*{Unnumbered Chapter}
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\chapter* in the default document classes (including book) does not change/include the header details. You can add it manually using

\chapter*{Unnumbered Chapter}

In book.cls, \chapter is associated with:

\def\@chapter[#1]#2{\ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne% <--- \chapter
                    \chaptermark{#1}%   <--- header for \chapter
\def\@schapter#1{\if@twocolumn% <--- \chapter*

Note that \@schapter (called when issuing \chapter*) does not include \chaptermark (part of \@chapter, called when issuing \chapter without a *). Inside \chaptermark, it executes either \markboth (in twoside mode) or \markright, setting the actual header.

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    Another possibility is to say \backmatter and \chapter without *, if the unnumbered chapter is at the end. – egreg Oct 17 '12 at 22:23
  • @RaulFajardo: If this answered your question, consider accepting it as such. See How do you accept an answer? – Werner Oct 20 '12 at 15:01
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    Can't a question be accepted by the community? I mean, does a certain amount of reputation allow you to vote for a answer to be accepted if the original asker has abandoned the network? – johk95 Sep 5 '17 at 19:03
  • @johk95: No. Acceptance is only possible by the OP. Moreover, a question is removed from the list of unanswered questions (whether it's considered as "answered" is debatable) once it has a positive answer score. Related post on Meta.TeX.SE: Is it possible for moderators to accept an answer? – Werner Sep 5 '17 at 19:07

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