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having trouble with page numbering and field section (header) naming in book. Why is first single page numbered as both 1 and (0)?

My first 16 pages are front matter, not attached to master so have no numbering. I understand that the left hand nos are the literal number of pages in the book and the right hand nos are the pages (starting at Chapter 1) which are actually numbered. I have placed each chapter in a new section. The numbers are not correct and don't know how to fix.

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Hi. When you say they're not correct, what is showing up? It's hard to understand what you're seeing compared to what it should be.

The way to do this is to use the section manager, as you've been doing, and create a section for the front matter starting at page 1 but numbered i, ii, iii.... Then create a second section for chapter 2 starting at page 1 and numbered 1, 2, 3... It sounds like you've probably done this already.

If you don't want the front matter pages numbered at all, use different master pages. If you do want them numbered i, ii, iii...., then the same master pages can be used.

If you want the total number of pages in the book to appear on the left pages, then insert the Total Pages field on the left master. If you want the actual number to appear on the right pages, then insert a regular Page Number field on the right master.

I don't think this will affect you, but note that there's a known bug in 2.5.2 with changing the starting page number of the very first section from page 1 to a higher number. There is a complicated workaround in this thread.

 

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Thanks Mike. When I refer to nos on left and right hand side I'm referring to the pages panel, not the document. I do want the front matter blank so I've just attached the master beginning from Chapter 1 so that the right hand header (chapter title) and page nos will appear from this point. It was working ok in the beginning but now has gone haywire - headers incorrect and section pages nos within the Section Manager all wrong. The actual pages on the document are ok.  The first single page in the pages panel is numbered as 1 and (0). Is this correct? After that the bracketed no starts at 1 when as this is the front matter I thought it would all be 0. Do all books start with a single right hand page?  I thought that may be I could remove all the current sections in the section manager and insert them again. Would this work?

 

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The Pages panel shows absolute numbers on the left (numbered from 1 to n) and relative numbers on the right in parentheses (starting at whatever you started at and using the selected numbering format, and restarting at new sections for which you chose restart numbering.

The issue you're experiencing with (0) showing for the relative number of page 1 is because of the issue I mentioned above. If you try to change the starting page number of the first section, Publisher 2.5.2 will change its relative number to 0 instead of whatever numbered you entered. This is a bug and hopefully it will be fixed in the big update because the workaround (see the link above) isn't fun. But it works and takes only a couple of minutes so I suggest you give that a try to fix the issue in your document.

Good luck

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The issue "[macOS] Unable to set page number using 'Start/Restart Page Numbering At' in Section Manager" (REF: AF-3203) has been fixed by the developers in internal build "2.5.3.2514".
This fix should soon be available as a customer beta and is planned for inclusion in the next customer release.
Customer beta builds are announced here and you can participate by following these instructions.
If you still experience this problem once you are using that build version (or later) please reply to this thread including @Affinity Info Bot to notify us.

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