I’ve been trying for a couple of hours to try to change the page numbering in the header of several pages of text for a chapter of text. I’ve read through everything and tried it all and nothing seems to work. Why is it so difficult to do such a simple process?
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You can only make settings for the header per se with effect for all the pages in the factual sequence of your current page. A sequence of pages in this sense is delimited from pages above by a manual page break not inserted by the shortcut (
Ctrl+Enter) but by
Insert > Manual Break... > Page break explicitly selecting a named page style. Inserting a page break this way you get offered the opportunity to start the numbering for the new sequence with a chosen number.
The header settings for sequence in the above sense can be shaped in up to three versions each (first / left / right), but you cannot set different starting numbers by the shaping.
I don’t know a way to change the starting page number for a sequence of pages subsequently, except by removing the initial manual break and re-inserting it with a changed setting.
I wouldn’t claim to have understood the comment by @gabix easily. However, the subsequent comment by @ajlittoz helped me to get it: Page breaks are managed by a paragraph property accessible via the tab ‘Text Flow’ of a dialog opened either from the context menu of the paragraph or by ‘Format Paragraph…’ or by ‘Paragraph Styles’ > ‘Modify’ under ‘Styles and Formatting’.
Now I have to find the reasons for what this way was the one to go though paragraph styles used in text-tables cannot have a page-break property.
The best way: define a paragraph style with “page break before” and other appropriate attributes; Give this style to the transitional paragraph.
Afterwards modify the paragraph style to change the starting page number.