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Hm.  My original post was via Nabble as I don't save posts to the users 
forum and Nabble doesn't want to quote Brian properly so I'm trying to 
post this by replying to the copy of Brian's email which I received and 
adding the users forum.

First and most important, thanks, Brian for your answer.  It seemed easy 
but it wasn't for various reasons.  One is that the original document is 
on my wife's computer where Libreoffice is the Swedish version, and 
Swedish translations of interface terms aren't always intuitive!  As a 
consequence I originally added Sections instead of Styles (before 
getting your reply).

Now I have taken a new copy of the original document from Scrivener and 
moved it to my computer, where Libreoffice is the English version.

Remaining comments inline below.

Brian Barker [via Document Foundation Mail Archive] 
12 Jul 2016 14:20
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.


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".
I didn't understand that inserting a manual break would not only divide 
the document into two regions but add a blank page.  So I now had five 
pages of front matter, but I managed to remove one of them.  One thing I 
would like to know:  supposing I needed to do this again between two 
sections of the content pages, but didn't want a blank page between them 
- not very likely, I know, but anyhow - how could I do that?
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.
All this worked fine.  So once again, thanks, Brian.

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