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phillip a Level 1 Level 1

I've asked this question before, but did not receive satisfactory answers, so I'm hoping this time around someone will hit the nail on the head.


I have prepared a report that has a title page followed by several pages of text.  I want to number the pages beginning with the first page of text.  I do not want the title page to have a number.  In other words, the first page after the title page will be page 1.


When I go to the Insert menu and pull down Auto Page Numbers, and uncheck "inlude page number on first page," the first page -- i.e., the title page -- does not, indeed, have a number.  The problem is that the first page of text is page number 2.  I want the first page of text to be page number 1.


Some suggested to insert a new section after the title page, then go to Inspector, select Section, check "First page is different," click on the first page of text and then insert page numbers.  Inserting a section break after the title page produces a blank page after the title page, and when I delete that blank page, the first page of text is then numbered page 2.


Does someone know a reliable method to begin numbering pages with the second page as page 1?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7

    This has been answered a thousand times, I'm surprised none of those answers seem satisfactory to you.




  • phillip a Level 1 Level 1

    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.

  • KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4

    Try this.....

    - 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

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7

    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.



  • victoryhat Level 3 Level 3

    I don't know why this didn't work for you phillip a.  I created a title page, inserted a section break, and then added two pages to the new section.  Then I inserted the cursor into the footer and choose to allign text to the right and then chose insert page numbers. 


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  • victoryhat Level 3 Level 3

    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.

  • phillip a Level 1 Level 1

    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?

  • phillip a Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry, VH, that by itself doesn't work.

  • phillip a Level 1 Level 1

    I don't know why it worked for you, VH. It didn't work for me.

  • victoryhat Level 3 Level 3

    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.

  • Yellowbox Level 6 Level 6
    Mac OS X

    KISS (Keep It Simple, Sirs)


    Cover page (no page number) as a separate document.

    Main document starts on Page 1.


    Save the 2 docs in a folder.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7

    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.



  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6

    I just want to add: You have to manually restart the page numbering on each section. It doean't do it by it self by adding a section break ( the last wan'ts to you Peter)

  • phillip a Level 1 Level 1

    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.

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