why is libreoffice showing 'page numbers' instead of the actual number - solved

At the moment, in Writer, page numbers in the footer show ‘page numbers’ (exactly that) in the field instead of the actual number. If I go to print preview the page numbers show correctly and if I print they are printed correctly. It doesn’t matter if I use insert - page number or insert - field - page number the result is the same.
Using Version: in MX Linux with XFCE.

Toggle the setting for View | Field Names.

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Excellent, that sorted it. Cheers.