I have a short existing document formatting with the article class. What is the best way to include a header on each page (including the first) with my name and academic affiliation? The options I have looked at do not include the first page.

  • It can be done, as has already been answered, but a header on the first page is not a good practice. What use could it have? Show (again on the same page) the author, but in a smaller font?. Show (again) the title or date? Find the current section, which will invariably "Introduction" in scientific articles and in any case it will be always the first section? – Fran Jan 19 '13 at 16:22
  • @Fran, I would generally agree with you. But if you're submitting a resume, I think it is good practice to make sure your name appears on every page. Also, some positions request that every page of any document submitted be labeled in a particular manner. So potato's query does have its value. – A.Ellett Jan 19 '13 at 17:33
  • @A.Ellett Agreed: first-page headers can be used for logos, copyright, reference, etc. Another good reason is being forced to do so, even with the author's name. But a good reason is not a good practice. If the author is already on the same page, in prominent place with enough font size, can be tedected at first glance. Copy this name a few lines above is useless. Otherwise, you must improve the visibility of the author instead of making it ubiquitous to compensate the bad design. Moreover, it might be considered a dowdy desire for prominence. – Fran Jan 19 '13 at 22:36
  • @fran. I completely agree. – A.Ellett Jan 19 '13 at 23:03
  • @Fran I agree a header on the first page is bad typography, but it is forced on me by formatting requirements. – Potato Jan 19 '13 at 23:10

Use the package fancyhdr.




If you want two lines in a portion of the header:

\rhead{\parbox[b]{1in}{My Name\newline{}TOP:RIGHT}}

But you'll get complaints about head height. To get around this you can load the geometry package:


But make sure you load geometry before you load fancyhdr or your margins will not come out correctly. However, as @egreg has pointed out, you needn't go so far as to load the geometry package. You can just write


I suggested the geometry package route because I usually want to change the default margins LaTeX uses and the geometry packages makes this much easier.

If you have a title page, after you've issued \titlepage add the line:


to get your header and footers on a page that normally wouldn't have header or footers.

  • Loading the geometry package like that will change the page parameters. All is needed is to add \setlength{\headheight}{<dimen>} where <dimen> is what reported by fancyhdr – egreg Jan 19 '13 at 9:55

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