# How to hide the numbering of some pages and then continue?

In document class "book", I have used the normal page numbering. On the other hand, I would like to hide the numbering of the first five pages of the book and after these 5 pages, the page numbering starts from page 6. How can I do it? Thank you.

• See \thispagestyle{empty} for temporary removal of page numbering, or \pagestyle{empty} to make it the norm going forward (until later reversed). – Steven B. Segletes Apr 18 '17 at 10:09
• Use \pagestyle's as usual. – TeXnician Apr 18 '17 at 10:09
• @StevenB.Segletes an answer, sir? – cmhughes Apr 18 '17 at 11:24

In general, \pagestyle{} is used to indicate whether a page number should be present. Saying \pagestyle{empty} suppresses the page numbering, whereas, for example, \pagestyle{plain} supplies it. One may change from one style to another as one goes.

There is also the \thispagestyle{} macro for applying a page style for a single page only.

Interestingly, I found in the book document class, which the OP cites, there is a tendency to place a page number on the first page of a chapter, even if the page style is empty. In addition, the \chapter is always set to start on an odd page. Thus, to accomplish the specifics of the OP's request, to get exactly 5 unnumbered pages, followed by the book beginning its numbering on page 6, a few unnatural gyrations were required:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\thispagestyle{empty}
\pagestyle{empty}
\chapter{Chapter the First}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\lipsum[1-11]
\clearpage
\thispagestyle{plain}
\chapter{Chapter the Second}
\pagestyle{plain}
\lipsum[1-8]
\end{document}