In Scrivener, is there any way to get the page numbers to start only at the beginning of the manuscript? I have my formatting so that they don't display in the front matter, but when the page number displays on the first page of the actual story, it's "5" or "6" or whatever page it is in the PDF.

Is there any way I can reset the number to "1" at the first page of the story? Or, to put it another way, is there any way for me to have the page number ignore the front matter?

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In Compile settings > All Options > Page Settings > First Pages, set "Start regular header and footer on:" to "Automatic", and uncheck "Page numbers count first pages".

This will set the normal headers and footers to start after the front matter and only begin page counts then.

  • Thanks for answering your own question. Favorited this for when I need the info as I am going to get scrivener soon :)
    – ggiaquin16
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 15:21
  • In my compile settings there are no "All Options" link.
    – user36835
    Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 17:01

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