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Hi. I'm using LO on Mint.

There's an oddity about page numbering, in which differing page styles change the start page number and total page count.

So, I start LO and make, say, a fresh 3-page document, no manual page breaks, rather just letting the text flow across page boundaries. On each page, I add the page number and page count fields. Comfortingly, the pages now say 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3. That's good.

However, I go to the first page, bring up the stylist, and double-click "Left Page". The embedded page counts now say 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4. And the page indicator on LO's lower bar reflects this, saying I have a 4-page document when it's only 3. (The pages have the correct alternating Left/Right styles after this)

If I go back to the top, and select either "Default Style" or "Right Page", the numbering corrects itself.

If instead, I try to use a First Page style, leading to Right, then Left, I get numbering that looks like 1/4, 3/4 and 3/4. No page 2, and just plain weird!

I know it's slightly perverse starting with the left page, but I have a good reason, and surely this shouldn't make the counts wrong. It looks from here that LO has a hard-wired opinion that page 1 is on the right of a double-page spread.

The killer is that I can't find an obvious way to fix things up manually - can anyone help please? I'm hoping I'm just missing something glaringly obvious.


Mike Scott
Harlow, Essex, England

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