# How to reset page numbering in a thesis document

I am using a predefined document class that I downloaded from my school website to write my thesis. It creates the front page, table of contents, and then rest of the document in the given sequence. Page numbering starts from the first chapter. My school requires a scanned copy of a signed form right after the table of content. When I insert it, the page numbering starts from the page on which this figure (form takes a whole page) is inserted. I want page numbering to start from my first chapter.

\documentclass[12pt]{gatech-thesis}

\begin{document}
\bibliographystyle{thesis}
\begin{preliminary}
\contents
\end{preliminary}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\begin{figure}[htp] \centering{
\includegraphics[scale=0.80]{myfile.pdf}}
\end{figure}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\newpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\setcounter{page}{1}
\chapter{Introduction}\label{introduction}

\end{document}


Now page number is removed from the page on which I have inserted the figure, but the number '2' is showing up on the introduction section.

This means that \setcounter{page}{1} didn't work.

How should I fix this problem?

• Please provide an MWE that can be compiled. As a minimum, you need to tell us the article class (probably book, but scrbook or others are also possible of course).
– bers
Jul 14 '15 at 13:13
• Your MWE still won't compile.
– bers
Jul 14 '15 at 13:39
• you don't need \setcounter{page}{1} at all try to delete it Jul 14 '15 at 15:51
• In any case, the page number is incremented at the start of a page, so if you need to set the page counter, do it after \chapter. The contents should reflect the page number at ship out time. Jul 14 '15 at 17:17
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I don't know if this is still active, but actually I think that you should reset the counter exactly after the chapter title.

\chapter{Title}
\setcounter{page}{1}


like so.

• I like this answer, concise, to the point, and contains all information necessary. Apr 20 '20 at 3:15

I think this might help. I have reset page counter just before chapter one. Hence chapter one starts at page number 1.

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\pagenumbering{gobble}

\lipsum[1]
\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics{demo}
\end{figure}

\newpage
\setcounter{page}{0}
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\setcounter{page}{1}

\chapter{Introduction}
\end{document}


When compiling this MWE, there is no page number on the first page, and there is the page number "1" on the second page of the document, which is the one with the "Introduction" chapter. I downloaded gatech-thesis.sty from the zip file at (1), and I also tried using the CTAN version at (2).

\documentclass{gatech-thesis}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\pagenumbering{gobble}

\lipsum[1]
\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics{demo}
\end{figure}

\newpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\setcounter{page}{1}

\chapter{Introduction}
\end{document}


This is what I get using MiKTeX pdflatex on Windows:

• this didn't work….Introduction is still starting from '2' Jul 14 '15 at 13:25
• When you write "this doesn't work", you mean you compile the exact code that I posted in my answer, and your resulting file (pdf, for example) has a "2" typeset at the bottom of the second page?
– bers
Jul 14 '15 at 13:26
• yes….everything same except document class \documentclass[12pt]{gatech-thesis} Jul 14 '15 at 13:29
• "Our cars have the same color, except that mine is red and yours is green." Please see my comment to your question. One needs knowledge of the document class as part of the question because this determines 100% of the behavior of your document.
– bers
Jul 14 '15 at 13:32
• You will find much help here as soon as you let us know what kind of distribution you are using :)
– bers
Jul 14 '15 at 13:45