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I am writing a thesis report. In the report I want to start counting the page number from a specific chapter. Those would be in arabic. But before that chapter I want to number pages in roman. How would I do it?

To be specific assume following chapters are present in the thesis - Certificate, List of Contents, Acknowledgement, Abstract, Chap 1: Introduction, Chap 2: ..., Chap 3: ..., Reference, Index. I want to start counting the page from 1 from Chap 1: Introduction. But before that page numbers would be counted as roman. What do I need to do?

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at the beginning of your file, issue the command

\pagenumbering{roman}

when you want the page numbers to restart and change to arabic, issue the commands

\clearpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}

\pagenumbering automatically resets the counter to "1".

some document classes have shortcuts for this, but you didn't say what class you're using.

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