I have a PDF file, which shows page numbers after a few pages, like preface, index etc. However, I use the Drive PDF viewer, which starts counting pages from the preface page itself. Is there anyway, to make it start counting after a few pages, so that to match it with the book itself?

This maybe an off-site question, so instead of downvoting, please suggest me where else to post this question.

  • I'd direct that question to the developer of the app. There's nothing we can do about it, I'm afraid.
    – Izzy
    Oct 27, 2016 at 13:38

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Three options

  • Splitting the PDF file

  • Rearrange pages in PDF

  • Open the file on your PC to edit and transfer it your Android - not tried by me

There are many apps , ( thanks to Izzy) that can do the first two options, but I would recommend Xolo PDF reader and editor which is versatile in handling PDF files. Besides, you can export edited files to drive.

  • Deletion: You can delete those initial pages and export to drive or a different location in your device ( warning: make a copy of original file and use the copy to edit, since changes are permanent)

  • Rearrange pages: Select and drag the pages you don't want ( for instance pages with Roman numbering and put them at the end of document ). Save and export to Drive or use Xolo. Note- This is a feature which is free in this app unlike a paid option in other apps

  • Apart from the app itself recognising, I was expecting manual setting of the page numbering. Oct 27, 2016 at 14:10
  • Not clear. Are you saying that you expect Google drive to have manual settings of page numbers ( which is developer areas) or are you saying you are looking for an app that can do manual setting?
    – beeshyams
    Oct 27, 2016 at 14:15
  • yeah, kinda both. Since automatic work will be a complicated process, giving us the option to do so still seems feasible. Oct 27, 2016 at 14:16
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    Coding to change page numbers is not for this site- but have a look, let's leave that out. Suggested another option. Just as FYI, the option to arrange pages is a paid option in Adobe Acrobat Reader costing 1500 INR per month. It's free in this app. Your choice to go the coding route, write to developer as Izzy suggested or delete the initial pages or rearrange them !!
    – beeshyams
    Oct 27, 2016 at 14:38
  • @ReeshabhRanjan: surprised by your comment over coding. Is it clear now?
    – beeshyams
    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:51

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