# How do I make the page Chapter 1 starts on page one of the book

my manuscript has 5 pages before chapter one.

These pages are numbered numbered before the start of chapter one of my book

I wish to make the numbered pages of the book start at Chapter one Can someone please guide me through the process of doing this?

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1. Read this tutorial and this tutorial.
( 2019-04-11 15:28:38 +0200 )edit

[retagged from common to writer page-number]

( 2019-04-12 16:05:51 +0200 )edit

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Page numbering is indirectly an attribute of page styles. Consequently, you need at least two page styles for your book: one for the first 5 pages, one for the chapters. Unless your first 5 pages are not numbered (usually i, ii, iii, …), you'll also need a separate page style for the cover without page number.

Once you have defined the needed page styles (or used some built-in ones), enable the header or footer where you want to insert page numbers. In the header or footer, Insert>Field>Page number.

You must now force page numbering to start at 1 on the first page of the first chapter.

At the end of the first part of your book (after the last paragraph of the first 5 pages), Insert>Manual break (don't use Insert>Page break because it does not grant you access to break attributes). Select the chapter page Style from the drop-down menu and force page numbering to restart from 1.

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Thanks for your response I'm making the manual page break and following the instructions so that the next page (CH ONE) should become page no. 1 The number 1 appears in the bottom footer BUT the page now has no text is blank and the text now appears on page 2. Am I doing something wrong??

( 2019-04-12 15:20:45 +0200 )edit

You probably added previously a page break to the first paragraph of your now page 2. Check with Format>Paragraph. You may also have an empty paragraph at the beginning of now page 1. If you haven't yet done so, View>Formatting marks to get a visual feed-back on your actual content. You can leave View>Formatting marks permanently enables because the visual clues do not print and are not stored in the saved document (they are only screen reminders for what is really typed).

( 2019-04-12 17:47:16 +0200 )edit