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How to fix invisible page breaks? [closed]

asked 2014-11-13 17:15:48 +0200

meja gravatar image

updated 2020-07-24 14:36:34 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have a long document (thesis) in .odf format, and the page numbers reset themselves to 1 after page 170 or so (the page where the page break occured sometimes changes, but even when I temporarily resolved it -see below- a random page break or two always came back). I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

To resolve this, I have

  • deleted and re-inserted page numbers several times (issue remained)
  • searched for visible page breaks between pages (there are none)
  • checked in the "format"/"paragraph"/"text flow" tab whether the first paragraph on the reset page had the "Insert Break" box checked (it didn't)
  • looked for the same in the paragraphs before and after the invisible page break, but couldn't find anything.
  • uninstalled and re-installed LibreOffice Version: (that fixed it at first, but then the same thing happened)

I would be massively grateful if you could help please, as I'm not sure what else to try.

Many thanks.

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answered 2014-11-14 03:05:15 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

Page Breaks can be invisible:

  • When you use View > Web Layout
  • The display of Page Breaks are turned off.

Page Breaks visibility setting Tools > Options > Formatting Aids

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The only way I know that a page number can be re-set to start again at 1 is a page break done like

Insert > Manual Break > Page > select a page style and set the page number to be 1.

Additional advice: A document with that many pages I would always handle as a Master Document. This enables working with files but having all settings etc in the master document. I recommend to have a look at the free guides which you can download from

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It is also possible to reset page numbering via Format > Paragraph... > Text Flow tab > Breaks section and the equivalent for any paragraph style (especially if single-use custom paragraph styles are used).

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-11-14 03:18:56 +0200 )edit

@oweng - Thanks for adding the other possibility.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2014-11-14 08:54:50 +0200 )edit

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