I haven't applied it yet to my own books, but I did save a link somewhere ... here ya go:
https : // wiki . openoffice . org /wiki/Documentation/Writer_for_Students/Unnumbered_first_pages
Remove the spaces.
Let us know if it works for you.
Note: If you're using headers with both text and page numbers, and you want the page nos. near the page edge, you define the headers as a paragraph, justified, with LAST LINE JUSTIFIED, and place tabs between the text and the page number insertion point (though NOT to the absolute edge--this allows page numbers to grow from 1 to 3 digits without spilling to the next line). If you use mirrored margins, you define one heading for an even page, one heading for an odd page (it doesn't matter which even or odd page you do this on).
Pagination is the happiest moment for a self-pubber of print editions. There is NO easy way to do it. Not in Word, not in OpenOffice Writer (which I use for this purpose), and I believe not in Libre, whatever that is. I have printed out the instructions for OpenOffice -- they run to ten pages or so! But really, I find it easier to do a web search for PAGE NUMBERS IN OPEN OFFICE than rummage through my file drawer on internet stuff. The problem is that I only put out a paperback a year, and I forget the ritual between times. Perhaps someone younger, or who publishes a book a month, would not have that problem.
There is a solution: get some kind of PDF editor (I have an ancient copy of Adobe Acrobat that suffices for that purpose) and erase the page numbers 1 through 6. I used to think that starting page one chapter one as 7 was a sin against Saint Gutenberg. But earlier this year I decided to bring back my first novel, published by Doubleday. Doubleday! Big Five, though probably Big Fifteen at the time. I was gobsmacked to see that Chapter One began on PAGE SEVEN.
That's exactly what I did in the paperback of my Guide. I wanted to refer to the illustrations on page ii and page vi, and I could think of no other way to do it in print than to leave the page number 2 and 6 at the bottom of those pages. I erased the numbers on i, iii, iv, and v.
Actually, NJ, I feel so few readers worry about leading page numbers that I was satisfied with just getting it off the title page, the setting for which in OO is pretty easy. The link I gave in the earlier post seems to provide a way to avoid page numbering using different page "styles"--there's that word again. I hope the O.P. comes back to the thread to let us know if it works.
Edit: And I think (but am not 100%) that Libre is just another incarnation of OO.
Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Sep 15, 2017 5:39 AM
In Word, it's fairly simple. On your last non-numbered page, you insert Section Break/New Page, then unlink the two sections. Start pagination at 1, uncheck the continue from previous section box, and Bob's your uncle. Perhaps there's a similar option in your software.
And I think (but am not 100%) that Libre is just another incarnation of OO.
I downloaded LibreOffice just to find out, but it was so different on first impression that I was discouraged from making the test. Here's an assessment of the differences: https://www.howtogeek.com/187663
so few readers worry about leading page numbers that I was satisfied with just getting it off the title page
Indeed, standards drop with each generation. But a book that opens on page seven has got a strike against it. If the text is ragged right, another strike. Double-space the text -- well, that's three strikes, and I for one would return the book for a refund. (Actually, the Look Inside sample would have dissuaded me from buying it in the first place.)
Speaking of refunds, I am now in my third month without one. So perhaps you're right, and standards have now hit rock bottom, so that anything even halfway competent looks like a masterpiece. I used to figure 2 percent returns, and though it varied from month to month, that average held for nine years. We now seem to have entered new territory.
Is your question about not having page numbers show up on the first six pages, or having the seventh page be numbered "1"?
The latter is quite easy. (I use LibreOffice 4.3, but I don't think it's changed since 4.1.)
1) Insert->Manual Break
2) Select your page style
3) Check "Change Page Number" and make sure it is set to start at 1
Now to hide the page numbers on the front matter is more complicated - you need to use different page styles; when you add a page number to a header or footer, it will only show up on other pages of the same style. The CreateSpace template probably makes that harder because it was designed for Word, not LibreOffice; I dropped the template quite quickly and just built up my own page and text styles from scratch.
Thanks, Ron, it almost worked!
My first page, the seventh, was numbered at 1 as required but the eighth page became No
6 and so on. I think I need a better understanding of the use of page styles to help overcome this, I notice that two or three individual pages are shown as First page , Any words of wisdom you care to offer, so that I can start again would be good.
Thanks for your input.