Initially I wanted to skip counting my first page so I used \pagenumbering{gobble} under \maketitle and on the page where I wanted to start, I used \pagenumbering{arabic}

But now I want to skip numbering a page in the middle of the document and when I use the method above to 'gobble' the page numbering and use arabic for the next, it resets the counter...

So I thought of using \setcounter{page}{20} because I'm skipping the 20th page and applying that to the next, but even this didn't fix the problem, the counter still starts from 1...

Here is the fragment:

This is a normal text paragraph, on one page without numbering
This page's numbering starts at 1
  • Welcome to TeX.SE.
    – Mico
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:06
  • Normally, I would put \stepcounter{page} on the page before the page of which the numbering should be skipped. But without any code provided it is hard to tell where the problem could be ... Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:11
  • So, wouldn't \addtocounter{page}{1} work?
    – Ingmar
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:57
  • As you've (re)discovered, \pagenumbering resets the page counter to 1.
    – Mico
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 7:59
  • Never use \pagenumbering{gobble}.
    – egreg
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 10:31

1 Answer 1


I suggest you insert the instruction \thispagestyle{empty} on the page that's not supposed to show a page number and the instruction \addtocounter{page}{-1} on the following page.

A full MWE (minimum working example):

\usepackage{lipsum} % filler text

\lipsum[1-10]  % 2 pages of filler text
\clearpage     % jump to next page
\lipsum[11-12] % 2 more paragraphs of filler text, on 1 page
\thispagestyle{empty}   % don't show page number, on this page only
\clearpage     % jump to next page
\addtocounter{page}{-1} % decrement the page counter
\lipsum[13-22] % 2 more pages of filler text
  • Does this also mean I can use something like: \addtocounter{page}{+1} Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 14:05
  • Try \addtocounter{page}{1}.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 14:10
  • @AbhimanyuSareen - Instead of \addtocounter{page}{1}, which is unsemantic, I'd write \stepcounter{page}.
    – Mico
    Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 15:02

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