Start Page Numbers on Page 2
For certain documents you may want to start numbering pages on the second page instead of the first page. For example, if you’re writing a paper for school, you might use the first page as a title page and start page numbering on the second page. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to start numbering pages on the second page of a document.
In Writer, page numbers should go in the header (or footer) of your document. To set it up so that page numbers start on the second page, all you have to do is use two page styles: one page style without a header and therefore no page number (for the first page), and one page style with a header, where the page numbering will start. In this example we’ll utilize the First Page style for the first page of the document, and the Default page style for all the other pages.
First Page Style
Unless you apply different page styles to a document, Writer bases all its pages on the Default page style. For this example we want the first page based on the First Page style. To apply the First Page style follow these steps:
- Right-click with your mouse in the first line of the first page and select Paragraph from the content menu.
- Select the Text Flow tab. Under the Breaks section, check both the Insert box and the With Page Style box. Leave the Type as Page, and in the drop-down list next to With Page Style, select First Page. Click OK at the bottom of the window to apply the First Page style. The first page should look exactly the same as before. There will be no header, and no page number. Next modify the Default page style.
Default Page Style
By default, a page based on the First Page style if followed by a page based on the Default page style, which means that the second page of the document will be based on the Default page style. All you have to do is create a new page, which you can do so easily by pressing Ctrl + Enter. Next, give the Default page style a header by going to Insert–>Header–>Default. The second page of the document should now have a header. Place your cursor in the header and go to Insert–>Fields–>Page Number.
Now you have a document that starts the page numbering on the second page. You can use this document for whatever purpose you have in mind, or save it as a template to use over and over. If you want to create a document that starts the page numbering on a later page, you can modify the First Page style (from the Styles and Formatting window) so that it repeats itself, and when you get to the page where the numbering should start, simply apply the Default page style. Then give the Default page style a header, and insert the page number as described in this post.
If you forget which page style you’re using for a particular page, you can always check in the Status bar. Place your cursor in the page you’re inquiring about, and the name of the page style will appear in the Status bar (second rectangle from the left).