# How to force page number to appear on titlepage

I want the title page to display the page number 1 and every page after that to have a page number with no breaks. What do I need to change?

\documentclass[pdftex,12pt,a4paper]{report}

\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}

\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}

\begin{document}

\input{./title.tex}
\clearpage
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Chapter One}
\section{Abstract}
test
\end{document}


title.tex:

\begin{titlepage}
\begin{center}

\textsc{\LARGE University of Beer}\\[1.5cm]

This thesis is Submitted to UoB\\[0.5cm]
For the degree of Doctor of Philosophy\\[0.5cm]

% Title
\HRule \\[0.4cm]
{ \huge \bfseries Finance \\[0.4cm] }

\HRule \\[1.5cm]

\begin{minipage}{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{flushleft} \large
\emph{Author:}\\
John \textsc{Smith}
\end{flushleft}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{0.45\textwidth}
\begin{flushright} \large
\emph{Supervisor:} \\
Prof.~John \textsc{Smith Snr}
\end{flushright}
\end{minipage}

\vfill
% Bottom of the page
{\large \today}

\end{center}
\end{titlepage}

• So, even for the first page of a chapter? If so, add \makeatletter \let\ps@empty\ps@plain \makeatother to your preamble.
– Werner
Sep 20, 2014 at 16:36
• What do you mean by page number with no breaks? Continuing page numbers without intermediate reset?
– user31729
Sep 20, 2014 at 16:37
• Is that minipage really necessary?
– user31729
Sep 20, 2014 at 16:37
• @Christian I copied it from the web if it can be simplified I would be happy to do it Sep 20, 2014 at 16:39
• @Bazman: Werner's suggestion should work, but I believe that titlepage internally uses a \pagenumbering command, which resets the page number!
– user31729
Sep 20, 2014 at 16:48

I added an automatic \stepcounter{page} explicitly at the end of the titlepage environment using the \xpatchcmd from egreg's xpatch package. In conjunction with the suggestion by Werner about the \ps@empty command, this should provide the desired feature.

Since titlepage is an environment, there is an automatic \endtitlepage command/hook, which is called at the end of the command, so it's sufficient to append the \stepcounter command to \endtitlepage

\documentclass[pdftex,12pt,a4paper]{report}

\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}

\usepackage{xpatch}

\xapptocmd{\endtitlepage}{\clearpage\stepcounter{page}}{}{}%

% Taken from Werner's comment
\makeatletter
\let\ps@empty\ps@plain%
\makeatother

\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}

\begin{document}

\input{./title.tex}
%\clearpage
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Chapter One}
\section{Abstract}
test
\end{document}


The title.tex file is untouched and should be used from the OP above.