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I'm looking for advise about handling sections a a special way. What I want:

  1. Sections should not be numbered,

  2. they should be listed in the TOC and be available in the page header,

  3. and they should have not left indention.

A very much abridged version of what I'm currently trying is this:


% No section numbers.




% This section should be in the TOC and the page header.

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Unfortunately this does not produce the desired result. 1. and 2 work but 3. doesn't: the section titles have a left indention in the text.

How can I make all three requirenments work at the same time?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

You only need to set the counter secnumdepth to 0:


The value of this counter determines the depth of the numbering. 0 means until chapter, 1 means until section, 2 until subsection, etc.

This counter doesn't determine if the numbered or unnumbered section gets an entry into the table of contents. This can be customized in a similar way but with the counter tocdepth.

So to the requirements:

  1. Done by \setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}
  2. Ensured by a value of tocdepth of 1 or higher - no change needed, since 2 is default
  3. There's no indentation since there's no number and no reserved space for it.
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Thank you, it works! – user10883 Jan 25 '12 at 8:07
One issue with this is that one gets things like "CHAPTER 1 FOO" in the header. – Kimball Sep 5 '15 at 20:50

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