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How do I make my first page a cover or title page and start page numbering (Page 1) on the second page of my document?

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How do I make my first page a cover or title page and start page numbering (Page 1) on the second page of my document?


  1. Open a new or existing Writer document.
  2. Press F11 to open the styles list. Select the fourth tab from the left (Page styles). Double click the First page style.
  3. Move the cursor to the bottom of the first page (ignore that in a blank document). Choose Insert > Manual Break from the menu bar.
  4. Select the Page break button in the dialog box.
  5. From the drop-down list, select Default.
  6. Select the Change page number option in the checkbox.
  7. Click the up or down arrows as necessary until “1” appears.
  8. Click OK.


The document now has at least 2 pages, and the cursor is in the second page. If the cursor is not in the second page, click in the second page so that it is.


  1. Choose Insert > Footer > Default from the menu bar. (Or Insert > Header > Default, depending on where you want your page number to appear).
  2. To insert the page number, Choose Insert > Fields > Page Numbers. A number '1' should appear on the second page of the file.


For information about using page styles, see Chapter 6, Introduction to Styles in the Writer Guide.

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