[texhax] printindex - page number position, blank page problems

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Fri Apr 29 14:58:33 CEST 2005

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On Apr 28, 2005, at 2:18 PM, Anne Johnson wrote:

> I’ve tried searching all over the place and can’t find an answer for 
> this…
> I’m using \printindex to include the index in my dissertation. For 
> some reason, the grad college here wants it before the abstract (??) 
> Anyway, when I put the \printindex command in the middle of the 
> document, I get a blank page with only “INDEX” on the top, and then 
> the index starts on the next page. 

I believe \printindex gets redefined after \backmatter or \appendix.

See http://www.iam.ubc.ca/~newbury/tex/thesis.html for a brief 
discussion of this sort of thing.

See below for a comment on documentclass.

> Also, the first page of the index (the first one with text, not the 
> blank one) puts the page number bottom-center, but I want it 
> upper-right like the rest of the document. I can’t find the code for 
> the macro to change this. I’m using MikTeX on a PC. Any ideas how to 
> fix it?

This sort of thing is controlled by the current pagestyle. The default 
for chapter openings is plain, so you need to switch it to be the same 
as the other pages, using something like \thispagestyle{headings}, but 
hard to be sure w/o knowing what documentclass you're using. Have you 
considered memoir? It's flexible, easily changed, and well documented.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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