In LyX, how can I make the pages numbers start from the second page? (i.e., making the first page, which is the table of contents in my case, not having a page number on it)


Since LyX (up to recent version 2.0.x) only supports globally changing the pagestyle (in "Document > Setting... > Page Layout") using TeX code/ERT is a workaround.

If the first page should not be numbered then insert the TeX code/ERT


at the beginning of your document (before the table of contents(TOC)). This will clear the page number of that page (see also https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/44153).

(To suppress page numbers for the whole TOC \pagestyle{empty} before TOC and \pagestyle{plain} after TOC can be used. Note that the last \pagestyle command on a page will take precedence over all \pagestyle commands on that page. Depending on your case another \thispagestyle{empty} after \pagestyle{plain} might be used.)

If the page numbers should be reset at some point, you can add the TeX code


on a (new) page / after a page break.

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  • Is this also valid if you have contents (whatever... perhaps a dedication page) before the ToC? And what if the ToC spans more than one page? Then \pagestyle{plain} will make the entire ToC be void of page numbers. The OP only wants the first ToC page to be without a page number. – Werner Feb 26 '13 at 22:30
  • @Werner Every page before \pagestyle{empty} will have a page number. As far as I know, the last \pagestyle on a page will take precedence over all \pagestyle commands on that page. – e-birk Feb 26 '13 at 22:40
  • Yes, the last one will prevail. But since you're placing \pagestyle{empty} before the ToC, that may fall on the last page before the ToC is set. – Werner Feb 26 '13 at 22:42
  • What is “ERT”? Is this a LyX special? – Speravir Feb 27 '13 at 3:45
  • @Speravir yes, it is a way to insert LaTeX code directly. – scottkosty Feb 27 '13 at 5:10

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