I’d like to use a Title Page style for my first page. I would also like to put a “page # of #[total]” in the footer. So far, it seems the two use cases are mutually exclusive.
If I go for the Title Page style, my page count includes the 2 additional pages it inserts into my document (Title + hidden blank page for printing), inflating the count. If I want to add other pre-body content like a Table of contents, it inflates further.
On the other hand, If I want an accurate page count, I must sacrifice having any pre-body content. Title page would have to be separate, as well as Table of contents, which I don’t want 90% of the time.
Is there a simple solution to modifying or offsetting the page count in Writer?
EDIT: Tried using sections to see if it would somehow change the page numbering as per a proposed workaround, but no luck. Attached the files used to test this.