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Old 08-25-2017, 07:27 PM   #1
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Qpdfview: I'm confused by the page numbering


I'm reading a long PDF in the Qpdfview reader. I don't know whether this is anything other PDF readers wouldn't do, but there seems to be a system of dual page numbering that has led to wasted pages and toner when I tried to print some pages. For instance, at the page I'm on it says "88 (113 / 657)." I thought that meant page 88. But when I tried to print page 89-130, that wasn't what printed. Apparently the page number for printing purposes is 113, and once I used that number, the correct pages printed. Why is there a separate print page number? I think...I'm already guessing it. Is it because size differences between the screen and the page necessitate two page counts?
 
Old 08-26-2017, 11:30 AM   #2
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The problem is nothing to do with sizes, but because the pdf pages are numbered from the start, even if that's a scanned cover of a book, and they include everything, such as prelims separately numbered. In your case, "88" is the actual number printed in the text, but it's the 113th page of the pdf. The number in the box (88) lets you navigate, but it's the next number that you need from printing.

Many pdfs don't have the real page numbers, which is worse: the contents page tells you that the chapter starts on page 75 and you actually need page 87!
 
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