# Document has 2 first pages

the watermark appears on 2 pages, the title and the first TOC. After some testing I think the TOC resets the page numbering. If I insert a blank page after the title, the page of the start of the TOC is still one.

\documentclass[12pt,runningheads]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb,hyperref,array,xcolor,multicol,verbatim,mathpazo}
\usepackage[normalem]{ulem}
\usepackage[printwatermark]{xwatermark}
\usepackage{fullpage}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.arrows}
\usepackage{array}
\setlength{\skip\footins}{24pt}
\newwatermark[firstpage,color=red!50,angle=45,scale=3,xpos=0,ypos=0]{Vorabgabe}
\begin{document}

\setcounter{page}{1}
\title{XXXXX\\ XXX }

\author{XXXX, XXXXX, XXXXX}

\begin{titlepage}
\maketitle
\thispagestyle{empty}
\end{titlepage}

\tableofcontents

\section{XXXX}
\end{document}

• Welcome to TeX.SX! The description and the code is not really helpful since incomplete. Please add \documentclass etc., the relevant packages and \end{document} to your post
– user31729
Nov 24 '15 at 19:25
• Thanks! these are the relevant pages (?) the first page is twice, so the watermark appears on the title page and the first TOC page Nov 24 '15 at 19:28
• Leander: packages, not pages ;-) Your example above will not compile! And \begin{tableofcontents}\tableofcontents\end{tableofcontents} really looks weird
– user31729
Nov 24 '15 at 19:29
• ah sry :D thanks! i am new to tex....as you would have guessed :) Nov 24 '15 at 19:40
• You should not combine titlepage and maketitle, cf. for instance this post. Nov 24 '15 at 20:42

You should either use the \maketitle command, or uses the titlepage environment, but not both at the same times.

## With \maketitle

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage[printwatermark]{xwatermark}
\newwatermark[firstpage,color=red!50,angle=45,scale=3,xpos=0,ypos=0]{Vorabgabe}

\title{XXXXX\\ XXX }
\author{XXXX, XXXXX, XXXXX}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\thispagestyle{empty}
\newpage
\tableofcontents

\section{XXXX}
\end{document}


## With titlepages

You could have some fancier display of the title but for some reason, indeed the xwatermark package display twice the watermark when the firstpage option is given. This is not the expected behaviour, and I don't know how to patch it.

• You linked to a post by Werner in the comments to the question. Werner also explains that the titlepage indeed resets the page number for the standard classes. If you peek into classes.dtx you will see, who is to blame ;-) Dec 12 '15 at 20:07

This is not the best solution, but if you want the watermark to appear only at the titlepage, you may set that page to any desired number, and then choose the watermark to appear only at that one instead of 'firstpage':

\newwatermark[page=100,...]{Vorabgabe}

\begin{titlepage}
\setcounter{page}{100}
\maketitle
\thispagestyle{empty}
\end{titlepage}

\tableofcontents