I want to move the position of my page numbers to the bottom right of the page. Is there a way to do it without using the fancyhdr package?

Right now I just use


and it does the job, but the default setting is to put the page number in the bottom middle. If it makes a difference, I am using TeXworks.

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    Any reason to not using fancyhdr package? Also what documentclass are you using?
    – mythealias
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 21:46
  • I am using \documentclass{article}
    – suzu
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 22:29

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I assume, you are using pagestyle plain. The original definition can be found in source2e. It can be changed from centering to right aligning the page number:

    % \hfil % removed for aligning to the right


  • Some document classes might already contain support for configuring the footer.
  • The page headers and footers can be configured via package fancyhdr or package scrpage2 (from KOMA-Script).

I had the same problem, even though I was using the fancyhdr package. The key is to use the


tag before you use


if you are using fancyhdr and still getting enumeration for the page numbers in the center of your footer. You can also use the command


to put the page number in the upper righthand side of the page in the header.


Turns out it is actually easiest to just use \usepackage{fancyhdr}. Added this code and everything works like a charm.

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    You must require something else to actually set the page number in the footer, right? Something like \fancyfoot[R]{\thepage}.
    – Werner
    Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 2:37

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