Start the numbering with an even number. In countries that read left to right it is expected that odd pages are on the right.
It's possible to defeat the default behavior by turning off page shuffling, but it isn't a good idea.
Thanks - unfortunately I have to have the pages where they are. I did try turning off the page shuffling and it worked, but I've no idea what will happen to the pages at some future point. You mention it's not a good idea ... what are the consequences?
Nothing fatal. It's just that it disconcerts the reader when the numbering is on the wrong side, and it makes you look unprofessional. From a layout and editing standpoint it makes adding or removing pages a little more difficult.
Hmmm ... not sure the non-page shuffling is the way to go.
So there's no way to start a section on the left hand page, being page #1? That's crazy. I have no option but to have page 1 on the left, so I'm not sure what my next move is. Thanks for your help.
If you go to where there are lots of books (maybe in your home, a library or a book store) and pick up any book written in a left-to-right-reading language, you will probably not find any left-sided pages that have odd numbers. If you look at 100 books, you may not find one. It's unusual to have an odd page on the left, and not what people expect to see, even if they don't realize it. That's why (I imagine) Peter suggests it's a bad idea. It won't hurt anyone, but I wouldn't do it if there were an alternative, like adding a page (usually blank) to the previous section to let me start on a right page.
It's obvious now I think about it. Thanks.
Trouble is ... I still need to start the section on the left hand side. I guess I'll have to go back to my client and figure out Plan B.
Thanks very much for your help Migintosh, Peter.
But does the numbering need to start with 1? If it starts at 2 the page will be on the left.