# Setting page numbers correctly

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

\setcounter{page}{-1}


for the title page and

\thispagestyle{empty}
\setcounter{page}{-1}


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.)
\pagenumbering does not fiddle with the positioning of page numbers. –  lockstep Sep 8 '12 at 12:43