# How to prevent \pagenumbering from resetting page number?

I want to page number the preliminary sections of my document in roman numerals, then use arabic for the rest, but I don't want the arabic numerals to start from 1. Since I don't know how long the table of contents and other preliminaries will be, I don't want to have to hard code the first page of the main section. Is there a way to prevent \pagenumbering from resetting, or to somehow direct \setcounter to "the page number of the last page + 1"?

MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\pagenumbering{roman}
\setcounter{page}{3}

\begin{document}
%preliminary materials
This should be on page iii''.
\newpage
Page iv''.
\newpage
Page v''.

%main section
\newpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\setcounter{page}{6} % how can I set this without hard coding the 6?
Page 6''.
\end{document}

• That is doable but against all typographical principles. What do you need it for? – yo' Nov 20 '13 at 18:32

You can define \pagenumberingnoreset:

\makeatletter
\newcommand\pagenumberingnoreset[1]{\gdef\thepage{\csname @#1\endcsname\c@page}}
\makeatother


However, as I said in the comments, this is strongly against typographical principles, which is (one of) the reasons why it doesn't exist in LaTeX.

The definition above is based on the original definition of \pagenumbering:

\newcommand\pagenumbering[1]{%
\global\c@page\@ne % this resets the counter
\gdef\thepage{\csname @#1\endcsname\c@page}%
}

• Thanks, that works. This is the requirement of my organization's internal publication department. In deference to typographic principles, I'll try to sneak the traditional page numbering past them, and save your fix just in case they insist. Thanks again! – Katie R Nov 20 '13 at 18:49