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I would like to suppress the typesetting of the section title in the document altogether, but still setting it for purposes of subsections, section mark / header, and table of contents.

What I tried already:


Still displays the section number.


Removes the section number, but also removes it from subsection numbers and TOC. Besides, I still get a vertical space where the section title had been.

I could do (and have done so far):


But it struck me as a bit ugly to "guess" the height of the section title (and having to re-guess if font sizes change). If there is some constant, like \sectionfontheight or somesuch, that would be a start.

But isn't there some "correct" way to set a section title "blindly", i.e. without actually printing it in the document?

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\refstepcounter sets the number and resets the subsection counter; \addcontentsline does its usual job; \markright sets the heading's contents.

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Brilliant. It never occurred to me that I could approach the problem from the other direction (emulating everything \section does except the actual typesetting), instead of trying to suppress the typesetting of \section. Replacing \arabic{section} (section number w/o chapter) with \thesection (chapter.section) made it fit my needs 100%. Thank you - It would've probably taken me ages to figure out the \addcontentsline myself, even if the basic idea had struck. – DevSolar Sep 23 '11 at 10:04
Note that this seems to have problems with switching between one- and two-column mode: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/227328/… – Andrew Jaffe Feb 10 '15 at 14:00

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