How can I start my chapter from "Chapter 2" instead of "Chapter 1".

I am preparing LaTeX document for each chapter. when I put \chapter{Introduction}, it produces "Chapter 1" Introduction. However I want it to be "chapter 2" Introduction instead.


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You need to specify \setcounter{chapter}{1} before your chapter command for the introduction. This is due to the fact that the \chapter{} command increments the chapter counter of one before printing any output.




This code produces the following output:


EDIT An alternative proposed by Gonzalo Medina is to use instead \stepcounter{chapter} instead of \setcounter{chapter}{1} for the same output.

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    @SeanAllred, I tried to make it clearer in my answer. Thanks for commenting.
    – Ludovic C.
    Jul 17, 2013 at 13:34
  • :-) [filler text] Jul 17, 2013 at 13:40
  • It works! Cool! I appreciate your time. Jul 17, 2013 at 14:35

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