# Start page numbering at page three together with twopage

I can't figure out how to start the page numbering on the third page, e.g. after the title page and the contents page.

\documentclass[twoside,a4paper]{book}

\usepackage{fourier}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % Required for inputting international characters
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % Output font encoding for international characters

\usepackage[parfill]{parskip}

\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
title here
\end{titlepage}
\cleardoublepage
\setcounter{page}{1}
\chapter{chapter}

\end{document}


This only works if I choose the option to be oneside. If I choose it to be twoside, it does not work. I haven't found any answer to this question somewhere else.

Just to be claer: I chose the documentclass "book" with the option twoside. Therfore, after the title page there is a second blank page and then the chapter starts. I would like to start the page numbering on the same page as the chapter starts. If I just add something like

\cleardoublepage
\setcounter{page}{1},


then the second page, e.g. the blank page, gets the page number 2 and is displayed on this page. The third page then starts with the number 1 again. So, I just want to remove the number on the second/blank page.

• Just write \pagenumbering{arabic}: the \pagenumbering command re-initialises the page counter. – Bernard Aug 15 '17 at 16:12
• Thanks for your answer.,. It does not really held, since I don't know where exactly I have to put the command. I tried a lot of things, but it did not change anything. I explained my question in more detail in the entry post – anonymous Aug 16 '17 at 5:57

Use \pagenumbering{gobble} for the first the first part of your document and
\pagenumbering{arabic} for the following chapters:

\documentclass[twoside,a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{fourier}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[parfill]{parskip}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\begin{titlepage}
title here
\end{titlepage}
\cleardoublepage% ensures that the page numbering will change on a recto page
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\chapter{chapter}
\end{document}


Result:

You can use \pagestyle{empty} to begin with, then \pagenumbering{arabic} just before the first chapter.

Alternatively, to avoid having to write \thispagestyle{empty} at each blank page, you can load the clearempty package, or, if you use titlesec, add the [clearempty] option.

Basic code:

\documentclass[twoside,a4paper]{book}

\usepackage{fourier}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % Required for inputting international characters
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % Output font encoding for international characters

\usepackage[parfill]{parskip}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{titlepage}
title here
\end{titlepage}
\cleardoublepage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\chapter{chapter}
\lipsum

\end{document}