How can I use an independent page numbering in the appendix, either with Roman or Arabic numberals as page numbers?

(I.e. the first page of the appendix should start again with 1, as it is often done for the introduction and the main part of a long document, then typically using Roman numerals for the introduction.)

  • @85: Which documenclass do you use? Most of them are providing the commands \frontmatter, \mainmatter and \backmatter to structure the main document. Sep 8, 2011 at 15:03
  • I'm using scrbook. And \backmatter before the appendix. Sep 8, 2011 at 17:00
  • @85: Have a look at the scrguide at page 100 or the English one scrguien page 80. Sep 8, 2011 at 17:10

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To (re)start the page numbering, you need to use the command \pagenumbering{}. In all LaTeX classes I'm aware of, the argument of this command can be arabic, roman, Roman, alph, or Alph.

To automate the process of having the page numbering restart when the document gets to the Appendix (or Appendices), you could include the following instruction in the preamble (using, for instance, lowercase-roman numerals):

\let\origappendix\appendix % save the existing appendix command
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    You need also a \clearpage before \appendix.
    – egreg
    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:17
  • Thanks, egreg! I've inserted the \clearpage instruction.
    – Mico
    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:49
  • Using this including the suggested \pagenumbering{arabic}\renewcommand{\thepage}{App.~\arabic{page}} from a comment below now. Sep 27, 2011 at 7:31
  • i suggest using \pagenumbering infront of \clearpage, this way I can avaoid destination with the same identifier (name{page.1}) has been already used, duplicate ignored<to be read again> \relax l.7 \clearpage [1] when I use hyperref (note: also be sure to give your titlepage a different pagenumbering than your matter)
    – ted
    Aug 3, 2013 at 10:18
  • @ted - Did the OP mention or ask about hyperref? My answer was based on a lack of mention of hyperref...
    – Mico
    Aug 3, 2013 at 10:36

Use the \pagenumbering command:


% only for testing




This command changes the numbering an resets the counter to 1, even if you’re switching vom arabic to arabic numbering.

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    This won't work with \arabic numbering if hyperref is used; but using two identical page identifiers is bad practice anyway.
    – egreg
    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:23
  • @egreg: Maybe something like A.n is possible, n being the page number? Sep 8, 2011 at 11:27
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    Yes: doing \pagenumbering{arabic}\renewcommand{\thepage}{A.\arabic{page}} keeps hyperref happy.
    – egreg
    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:12
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    A page numbering style such as "A.\arabic{page}" might become very confusing if you have appendices numbered A, B, and C. To avoid any confusion about whether "A" pertains to "Appendix Section A" or to all appendix sections, it be better to have \renewcommand{\thepage}{App.~\arabic{page} instead...
    – Mico
    Sep 8, 2011 at 14:29

I found that making a simple new command (from the suggestions listed here) works pretty well:

    % put appendix on a new page

    % reset the page counter

    % set the format for the appendix page number
    \renewcommand{\thepage}{\thesection - \arabic{page}}

    % set the appendix name

You could leave out the \section{#1} part if you wanted to just setup for the new appendix. For example, when the \section{} command is in a file that you're going to \input{} or \include{} for the appendix.

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