I'm writing in the "master document" style, using the \include command, and between pages of the same file included and between pages of different files some blank pages appeared. What do I do to make these pages disappear?

My preamble, with the include commands, is:








  • Are you using \include or \input? Only the first should behave like that. Your question and your code don't match. Also, indenting lines by four spaces will format them as code. Jan 31, 2011 at 12:23
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    Welcome to tex.sx. You can format code samples by selecting the code and clicking on the 101010 icon. Your question isn't very clear, however. You should be using include{Cap1} instead of \input{Cap1}; although that may not solve your problem.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 31, 2011 at 12:23
  • @Alan: using \include makes only sense when someone also uses \includeonly. Otherwise \input does the same job and there will be no difference.
    – user2478
    Jan 31, 2011 at 12:29
  • @Rodrigo:, I edited your question a little to make it more clear (IMHO) and I escaped the \include command in bac-ticks as is common here. Please feel free to revert to your original version if you don't like the changes. Jan 31, 2011 at 14:08
  • @Carsten Thiel: well, sorry about the misunderstood! I used both (input and include) and both give the same result! Jan 31, 2011 at 18:20

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This is a common problem beginners have (I guess). You are writing in the book class, so chapters will only start on right pages (odd page numbers).

So in case one paragraph in a chapter ends on a right page, the next left page (even page number) will be left blank and the new chapter starts on a new right side. If you don't like this behaviour, use \documentclass[openany]{book} or use \documentclass{report}. The letter creates one-sided documents that only consists of right pages.

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  • Worked perfectly! But another trouble arise: I add another \input command, this time to the cover and sub-cover pages. Another blank page appear. What happen? Jan 31, 2011 at 18:52
  • You have to demonstrate this in an example. Usually it does not matter if you \input something or if it is written directly in the main file. Probably you use a package or function that executes/defines and uses something like a \cleardoublepage. As long as you want give an example, however, it will be just guessing...
    – Martin H
    Jan 31, 2011 at 22:09

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