“I do not want that page break”. “The help instructions don’t make sense”.
Well, let me ignore the bold statements, and try to describe the logic and reasons behind the instructions.
The text processor doesn’t work with pages. It works with textual content, and it dynamically creates virtual pages as required to put the content. It uses some rules - what kind of pages to create and where.
What are those rules? The rules are very simple. If a paragraph (or a few of other types of objects - like tables and sections) has a mark that it needs to start on a new page, then stop filling the previous page (if there is one), and start the new one. If the paragraph specifically describes which properties to use for that new page, then use those properties. Otherwise, use the page settings that the previous page tells to use. If a paragraph doesn’t tell that it wants to start a new page, then simply continue filling the current page, until there’s free space left; after the free space is filled, then create a new page based on settings of the just-finished page, and put the rest of content there.
The author defines the rules for pages using page styles, which the author assigns to paragraphs or paragraph styles. The very first paragraph in a document has an implicit link to the default page style, unless the author links some style to it explicitly.
If you create some “parts” of the document, like the first part being the “Title” and “Table of Contents”, which has own numbers, and then goes the text with its own numbering, then how should the program tell the “actual document content” from the title and ToC? How could the program know when to start new rules of numbering? It’s the actual property of the text, that “this text is the first paragraph of the actual content”, and no more part of ToC. And the way to tell this to the program is to set the page break with a new page style to the first paragraph of the “actual document content”.
If you were doing that by hand, you would take some sheets of paper, and start numbering from 1, and put the actual content there. After you had finished that, you’d take some more sheets, and put the title, and ToC (with resulting normal numbers) there, with special numbering for these auxiliary pages. Do you see the different type of pages used in the process? The program also needs to use different processing for these different types of pages, and that is done by providing dedicated page styles, and an explicit mark (page break) dividing these different parts.
You might confuse the text processor (which focuses on text, and which only uses pages as means to layout the text) with desktop publishing software (like PageMaker, which is built around the PostScript page description language) that has its main purpose to define pages (and user puts some content on the pages, which are the primary units in those programs).
It’s unwise to refuse to use the tooling a program offers to you, without trying to get the logic behind. So, it would be better not to tell “I don’t want… It doesn’t make sense…”, but to ask “why is it so”.