Is there a way to force page 1 of Schedule E?
No, Schedule E, page 1 will only be produced if needed. If page one of Schedule E is not produced based on entries already made in the return, you may need to make an entry on an applicable line of the Schedule E, Rent and Royalty Income screen (E) in data entry. The E screen is accessible from the Income tab.
If you have made entries in the return (such as on the 99M screen - 1099-MISC) and are expecting page 1 of Schedule E to be produced, but it does not appear, review your data entry and return messages for missing entries.
For more information about rental activity reporting review the Instructions for Schedule E and Publication 527.