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At 04:24 12/07/2016 -0700, James Wilde wrote:
I have a book in which I want to insert page numbers. I've tried dividing the book up into front information and the actual book contents and I want to start numbering from page 1 as the first page of the actual contents. There are four pages before the book starts, including a blank page on the left hand side.

This is very standard, of course - with the front matter either being unnumbered (or part of it so) or being numbered separately, in a different style. Front matter often uses lower case roman numerals, with the body having the usual arabic numbers.

I can't find a way to divide the book up into two sections, one of which, the first four pages, has no footer, the second of which does, and then I can start numbering from 1. So I have added the footer, inserted page number field and put in -4 in the page number field window. Now the first page of the book contents has a 1 at the bottom, but the previous (blank) page has a zero which I can't get rid of. Is this a bug or have I missed something?

I don't know whether this is a bug, but there is a way to achieve what you want without this problem.

Footers (and headers) are a property of page styles. As you need different behaviour in different parts of your document, you should use different page styles for the different parts - here one for the front matter and another for the body of the document. The page style for the body will have a footer with page numbers, whereas the page style for the front matter may have either a footer with no page number or no footer at all.

Once you have created the two page styles, insert a manual page break at the juncture: o Apply the page style for the front matter to the document. Do not worry that this will - temporarily - apply to the entire document.
o Put the cursor at the end of the front matter.
o Go to Insert | Manual Break... .
o Select "Page break".
o Under Style, select the page style for your document body from the drop-down menu. o As you want page numbering of the body to start at 1 instead of at 5, tick "Change page number" and select the starting number - 1 - from the thumbwheel.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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