## LaTeX forum ⇒ Page Layout ⇒ Unwanted First Blank Page

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esong_98
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### Unwanted First Blank Page

The TexnicCenter must have been updated recently as I noticed a different format when writing a document. A couple of months ago, my document was looking just fine. Then I took a break in writing the paper. Just a couple of days ago, I began working on the paper again, and noticed that the new updated version leaves a first unwanted blank page (with the exception of the number 1)on the top right side of the page. I want to get rid of the first blank page. My text through the title page goes like this:

Does anyone have an idea of how to delete the first blank page?

esong_98
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I was able to delete the first blank page by deleting the command \maketitle.
Apparently, the new version makes it unnecessary to use that command to make a title page for research papers and you can just start out with the title.

However, the first page now puts the page number in two places, the upper left side corner,and at the bottom middle of the page. I only want the page number at the bottom middle of the page. Any suggestions on how to delete the upper left hand page number?
Last edited by esong_98 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Johannes_B
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\thanks gotta go inside the \author block.

\documentclass{article}\begin{document}\title{The Piketty Effect: Income Distribution, Discontinuities and Economic Growth}\author{Edward Song\thanks{I thank Matt Mickle for helping me with the Visual Basic mathematical modeling programming.}}\date{June 30, 2015}\maketitle \end{document}

The editor has nothing to do with LaTeX, it just prettifies it for your eyes. You can use Notepad if you like.

You will need the \maketitle command make a title.
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

esong_98
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You are correct, you need \maketitle to make the title page. I should have noticed that the title was deleted when I deleted that command.

Now I'm back to the unwanted first blank page, with the page number typed in two different places. So, its back to square 1.

Johannes_B
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No, it is not. The \thanks needs to be given inside the \author command.
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

esong_98
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Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:34 am
Thanks, I'll give it a shot.