I am writing an article, and would like the TOC to appear before the abstract but after the title, and the page counter to start from 1 from the abstract. This is how I have structured my report:

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper]{report}


Unfortunately it doesn't work. The title page has no page number, TOC has number 1, then the abstract has no number and the first page of the actual report has number 1.

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Apart from the fragment above which is not really useful yet: titlepages don't have a page number, abstract pages usually are unnumbered and do page number resets (differing from class to class) etc. In addition, you only stated that the page numbering should start with 1 from the abstract page on, but not for the title page. So what is the real issue here?
    – user31729
    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:33
  • Welcome to TeX.SX ! Here you can find more information to create a minimal working example (MWE). The compilable code starts with \documentclass and ends with \end{document}.
    – Bobyandbob
    Jun 8, 2017 at 11:40

1 Answer 1


The TOC page is usually numbered, if you want this page to be unnumbered you need to add \thispagestyle{empty}. The abstract pages are usually unnumbered but if you want them numbered you should put \thispagestyle{plain}. Finally the first page of the reports begins with 1 because the abstract environment resets the page counter, to solve this you can put \setcounter{page}{2} after the abstract or, if you want a unusually large abstract, you can save the page of the last page of the abstract and then change the page of the first page of the actual report to the value you saved before plus 1. The following code should solve your problem:

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper]{report}



\tableofcontents \thispagestyle{empty} 

\begin{abstract} \thispagestyle{plain} 
    \newcounter{savepage} \setcounter{savepage}{\thepage}

\setcounter{page}{\thesavepage} \stepcounter{page}


  • Note that the table of contents may well be more than one page long, so \thispagestyle{empty} is not enough.
    – GuM
    Jun 8, 2017 at 14:27
  • Thanks for this remark, one possible solution could be to redefine the page counter style to “nothing” and then make it normal again. The following code should overcome this issue: \renewcommand\thepage{} after documentclass and \newpage \renewcommand\thepage{\arabic{page}} after \tableofcontents instead of \thispagestyle{empty} Jun 8, 2017 at 17:38
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    Wait a minute, why not simply \pagestyle{empty} right before \tableofcontents and \cleardoublepage \pagestyle{...} (replace dots with whatever page style you want) just after it?
    – GuM
    Jun 8, 2017 at 19:55
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    @GustavoMezzetti out of memory, standard \tableofcontents in standard classes resets the pagestyle, so it is not enough to set it to empty before. So if the table of contents extends across three pages, you will have problem at least with intermediate one.
    – user4686
    Jun 9, 2017 at 20:58
  • @jfbu: You are right, I was forgetting that, in the report and book classes (and in other classes as well) \tableofcontents issues \chapter*, which in turn sets \thispagestyle{plain} (it is this what you mean, isn’t it?)
    – GuM
    Jun 9, 2017 at 22:18

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