Can I set chapter numbering in book document class not start from 1? I want the chapter to start from 9. Can I do this to another environment like section or equation? I'm using LyX.

  • did you tried \setcounter{chapter}{8}? works for section and equation, too.
    – Rico
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 11:24

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\setcounter{chapter}{8} or \addtocounter{chapter}{8} should do the trick.

Add one of these in an ERT (inserted with Ctrl + L, or Insert --> TeX Code) just before the chapter heading.

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    To clarify, you can do this with any counter (section, equation, footnote). See the wikibook on counters for a full list.
    – Emiel
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 11:47

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