I am writing a thesis using the report class. I want to have up until the introduction in Roman numberals, This is fine and I got it to work using previous questions. However, I am having trouble getting the arabic numbering to start at page 1 on the introduction. If I put \include{tex/Introduction}\pagenumbering{arabic} the introduction starts on page X while if I use \pagenumbering{arabic}\include{tex/Introduction} the introduction starts on page 2. How do I get the introduction to start on page 1?

  • \setcounter{page}{1} ?
    – ebosi
    Jun 24, 2016 at 11:52
  • \pagenumbering does always reset the page counter! \include will always use a new page first. Use \pagenumbering{arabic} inside the tex/Introduction file
    – user31729
    Jun 24, 2016 at 11:56
  • Another way to obtain it: \pagenumbering{arabic}\addtocounterpage{-1}\include{tex/Introduction}.
    – Bernard
    Jun 24, 2016 at 12:04
  • using \pagenumbering inside tex/Introduction worked. Thanks.
    – Fungie
    Jun 24, 2016 at 12:24
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    it's rather a mystery why report is chosen in a case like this rather than book. there are very few differences, and book has the benefit of defining \frontmatter, \mainmatter, and \backmatter, which makes things like this so much simpler. Jun 24, 2016 at 13:38

1 Answer 1


I see no problem with the following:


\usepackage{lipsum} % just for the example










You probably missed \cleardoublepage before \pagenumbering{arabic}.

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