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how can I change the pagenumbering: I want to have numbers in the center in the bottom part of the page and I want to have at the first page number 5.

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  • I did it this way and it works: \setcounter{page}{5}. So, sorry for my impatience. – user32953 Jun 28 '13 at 16:21
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You just use \setcounter{page}{5}, the default option is to have the numbering centered.

For more useful hints on this: for the page numbering , you just use \pagenumbering{gobble} when you don't want to have page number and \pagenumbering{arabic} when you want it, and for setting the starting number, you use: \setcounter{page}{5} --> here is an example:

\documentclass[12 pt]{article}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
hello 1
\newpage
hello 2
\newpage
hello 3
\newpage
hello 4
\newpage
hello 5
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\setcounter{page}{5}
\end{document}

Like this - it will be centered according to your needs

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