here it is my document





what it happens is that tableofcontents receives arabic numbering and I don't get roman numbering

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    Please always post complete small documents that reproduce the problem. – David Carlisle Nov 15 '12 at 21:20

The page number form is used that is active, when the page is output. Thus when \pagenumbering{arabic} is called, the page of the table of contents is not yet output. Add something like \newpage to start a new page, e.g.:


If you are using document class book or similar consider using \frontmatter and \mainmatter.

  • Since I'm using book class I resolved using \frontmatter and \mainmatter. – Mazzy Nov 15 '12 at 21:28
  • I resolved the problem putting \mainmatter before first chapter and pagenumbering{roman} before tableofcontents right? – Mazzy Nov 15 '12 at 21:31
  • @Mazzy Or \frontmatter. Internally it also uses \cleardoublepage with \pagenumbering{roman}. – Heiko Oberdiek Nov 15 '12 at 21:35
  • I got this problem... I have the first six pages of my class book belonging to frontmatter section. I would they have no numbers. I would numbering using roman numbers beginning tables of contents.HOw can I do? – Mazzy Nov 15 '12 at 21:38
  • @Mazzy You could switch the page style \pagestyle{empty} for the first pages and using \frontmatter afterwards, or ... – Heiko Oberdiek Nov 15 '12 at 21:54

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