This has been answered a thousand times, I'm surprised none of those answers seem satisfactory to you.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2013 7:25 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
Gee, Peter, could you make your response more complicated? I repeat, none of the suggestions posted seem to solve the problem. I'm sure this question has been asked and answered a thousand times -- which goes to show that Pages has a serious flaw. You'd think that with all the smart people working at Apple, someone would have noticed this and fixed it. You'd think someone at Apple reads these forums and sees that everyone is having the same problem with Pages, and you'd think that Apple would then put out an update for Pages with a solution for this stupid problem. No, I guess not -- that would be too customer-friendly. WordPerfect for the Mac, which I used 20 years, did not have this problem. Anyway, I played around with Pages and found a way to fix the problem -- a lousy way to have to finish a report with a deadline looming and a client waiting.
- put the curser at the end of the page previous to the one they wanted to start with page number 1
- in the top menu bar - insert / section break - (this will add a blank page)
- open the "layout inspector" / section tab - in the "page numbers" area, select "start at" and ensure it is set to 1
- put your curser, in the area of the page where you want the page numbering to begin (usually the footer)
- in the top menu bar - insert / page number or auto page number
The answer in the blog covers all bases.
Read it for the bits you want.
1. Enter a section break at the foot of the page before where you want the numbering to start
2. Click in the "First Page" you want
Inspector > Layout > Section > Page Numbers > Start at: 1 > Configuration > uncheck Use previous headers and footers
3. Go back to the previous Sections and delete or change the page numbering in the Header/Footer
I have put up this basic description countless times. I'm surprised you did not find at least one of them.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2013 12:54 AM (in response to phillip a)
I think I just noticed the problem. You don't 'add a new section'. You need to insert a section break. Go to the last line of the title page and click on insert>section break. This will create a new section without adding a new blank page to the document.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2013 10:44 PM (in response to KarenSelena)
I followed your suggestion and here's what happened:
The title page was numbered page 1, the new, blank page created by the inserting the section break also was numbered page 1, and the first page of the report was numbered page 2.
I deleted the blank page and the title page was numbered 1 and the first page of text was numbered 2.
Did you try this yourself before you suggested it to me?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2013 11:19 PM (in response to phillip a)
I have had to number a document like this once before. A certain professor required a term paper numbered that way. The only thing I can think of, is that I typed the title page and then added the section break; I didn't try it on a document that was already typed. Sorry I couldn't help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2013 11:35 PM (in response to phillip a)
Just follow the instructions!
You can restart the number every section if you want, just make sure you have:
unchecked Use previous headers and footers on the new section
The section divides the document and you use the inspector to set where the numbering starts.
If you want a different numbering before, you right click on the numbering and change it to roman numerals, or simply select the text and delete it if you want none.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
All of these suggestions work fine when you are compsing something new, but when you already have composed a mutli-page document with a title page, and as a final step, wish to number it -- with the first page of text as page one and no number on the title page -- then the task is almost impossible. I did once, just trying different things at random, but after I finished, I couldn't remember the the steps.