The desired header style is like: page number is sans serif even in the first page of the chapter, because


\fancyhead[LE]{\sffamily \thepage  }
\fancyhead[RO]{\sffamily \thepage  }

could not change the font of the page number in the first page of each chapter.

In even page: Page number | Chapter title

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In odd page: Section title | Page number

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Using \fancyheadoffset[RE,LO]{-0.5\textwidth} could not get this effect, so how to achieve this style?

Minimal page:

\usepackage[ ]{titlesec} 

\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{\if@mainmatter \fi#1}{}}

% head setting
\fancyhead[LE]{ \sffamily \thepage $|$ } 
\fancyhead[RE]{  \leftmark  }
\fancyhead[LO]{  \rightmark  }
\fancyhead[RO]{ $|$ \sffamily\thepage}   %odd page

\renewcommand{\headrulewidth}{ 0.5 pt}

\section{This is a extremely  long ........... title}
\section{Short title}

In the MWE, you will find the font of the page number, is still serif in the first page of Introduction.

Another style (see below) which is similar to the first one, the only difference is that the vertical line | up to the top edge.

Even page: enter image description here

Odd page: enter image description here

Is it possible to make the second style?


2 Answers 2


I would suggest using titleps for this, since it allows easy access to sectional titles:

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\usepackage{titleps,lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{titleps,lipsum}
    [\thepage\quad$\vert$\quad\chaptertitle]% even-left
    []% even-centre
    []% even-right
    {}% odd-left
    {}% odd-centre
    {\thesection~\sectiontitle\quad$\vert$\quad\thepage}% odd-right
\chapter{A chapter}\lipsum[1-10]
\section{A section}\lipsum[1-10]

Of course, you can add your own formatting, as needed. For example, replacing $\vert$ with \smash{\rule[-.5ex]{1pt}{5in}} produces a vertical rule that sticks down/up -0.5ex/5in. With everything outside the page boundary being clipped, a long enough vertical rule is okay.


Using fancyhdr, put this into your preamble:

\fancyhead[RO]{\rightmark{} $|$ \thepage}
\fancyhead[LE]{\thepage{} $|$ \leftmark}
  • I corrected the commands: \fancyhead[LO]{ \thepage{} $|$ \leftmark} \fancyhead[RE]{ \rightmark $|${} \thepage }
    – KOF
    Feb 8, 2013 at 20:30
  • @KOF That depends on what you want. Since odd pages are right, RO and LE are outer heads, which is what I supposed is correct.
    – yo'
    Feb 8, 2013 at 20:33
  • Yes, I like the Chapter on the Even page and the Section Odd page
    – KOF
    Feb 8, 2013 at 20:36
  • 1
    This does not really work for a book class. See this chat message: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/18561046#18561046
    – enthu
    Nov 11, 2014 at 10:47
  • 1
    You're missing \pagestyle{fancy} I would say (I didn't test though). Well, I'm missing that too, so I'll add it.
    – yo'
    Nov 11, 2014 at 13:02

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