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How to set page-numbering starting value?

asked 2020-01-09 18:25:42 +0200

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Right-click a page number field, choose EditFields/format Arabic. Numbering starts at 1. How to start at some other value, such as 0?

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answered 2020-01-14 08:54:18 +0200

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In simple documents (not using several page styles), right-click in the very first paragraph (beware if you use empty paragraph to achieve vertical spacing -- this is a bad harmful habit) and select Paragraph.

Go to Text Flow tab. In section Breaks, check both boxes labeled Insert and With page style. Default values in drop-down menus are OK. You can now choose your starting page value.

Note that you can't start at zero because 0 means "continue the standard sequence". You can't have negative page numbers either.

In more complex documents, you need to Insert>Break>Other break to be able to force a page number change.

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answered 2020-01-09 18:58:02 +0200

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Easy: setting the offset to -1 starts the numbering at 0.

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NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER (yes, seven times) play with the Offset setting in a field unless you are fully aware of the consequences. Depending on the context of the field use, you may end up with a void content! The Offset is meant to reference pages (in the case) beyond the current page. It will return the number of the requested offset page if it exists. Think of it as a way to retrieve the number of the previous page (with offset -1) or any other page in relative position "offset" to the current page.

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