I am trying to add page numbers to a glossary I am making. While i am getting the page numbers to appear. I now am trying to make it so the page numbering will start on page 2, rather than the cover page, and will start with the number 1. But each time I try to do it, the layout gets rearranged like so-

arrangement 1 If I try to move the pages, it only allows me to arrange them like this.

arrangement 2 What am I doing wrong? I used this video for help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg7DtSQECOk but still, no luck.

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These screenshots are from InDesign CC, but should be similar to your version of InDesign.

Please start with the pages flowing the default way InDesign sets them (first page is page number 1). The triangle above the first page indicates that a section starts there.
Starting state of pages

Next, select pages 2-3 by shift-clicking them individually. Then, right-click that spread, and uncheck "Allow Selected Spreads to Shuffle".
Locking the spread

You'll notice there are brackets around pages 2-3 now indicating they are locked together.
Spread locked

Then select page 2, and right-click again and select "Numbering & Section Options". From the box that comes up, select "Start Page Numbering at", and make sure it is set to "1". Then click OK and OK again to accept duplicate page numbers.
Numbering & Section Options

Success! Your page number 1 is now a left hand spread.

Optional Step Zero: To avoid the duplicate page numbers warning at the end, you can insert this step at the beginning: Select page 1, right-click it, and select "Numbering & Section Options". Then from the Style pull-down, choose a different page numbering method, such as Roman numerals.
Roman Numerals

  • An alternative is to turn off "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle" after doing your Step Zero. This creates the same result. Jul 18, 2014 at 19:20
  • True @AlanGilbertson , but doesn't that essentially turn the document in to n sheets, and break any document flow? It seems like it could get very confusing if you need to reorder your pages, or add/remove pages.
    – apex
    Jul 18, 2014 at 23:30
  • Not unless you specifically export spreads (a handy way to do foldouts, which is what you're thinking of, but not the only case). I've not come across confusion with it, once it's understood. On the other hand, I'd also never put an even numbered folio on a recto, even in a pamphlet. :/ Jul 19, 2014 at 23:32
  • I managed to figure it out on my own, but this answer is super indepth and will help others I work with who didn't know how to fix the problem. Thank you @apex! Jul 30, 2014 at 14:54

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