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I'm preparing a paper and I created a title page, an abstract page and an acknowledgments page. Those pages must not show page numbers. So I used


for the title page and


for the other pages.

In this way the page numbers aren't shown. But is it right to set the page counter to -1 for all pages where I don't want show the number?

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Using \setcounter{page}{-1} in the middle of the document is likely to cause incorrect numbering of follow-up pages. Better strategies are:

  • If you want no page numbers up to a certain point in the document and to start with page number 1 at this point, use \pagenumbering{gobble} immediately after \begin{document} and \cleardoublepage\pagenumbering{arabic} at the point where numbering should start.

  • If you want no page numbers on certain pages although these pages should feature "internal" numbers (e.g. page 5 with text, then a page without displayed number, then page 7 with text), you should either issue \thispagestyle{empty} at the particular pages or (if those pages are empty save for headers/footers) load the emptypage package. (For pages where new chapters start, many document classes provide automatic ways to change the page style to empty.)

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My document is two sided with bindingoffset setted so I would that pages have correctly position. – Mazzy Sep 8 '12 at 12:41
\pagenumbering does not fiddle with the positioning of page numbers. – lockstep Sep 8 '12 at 12:43
Yes it works...Thanks so much... – Mazzy Sep 8 '12 at 12:50

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