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i couldnt find this on web search, my prof. told me to use a "paragraph" command, with attributes like in the headline description, in certain situations. But all I could find is a command called "paragraph", it lists itself in the table of contents though, which I want to avoid. Which command am I looking for to get what I need.

I use this document class


thanks a lot in advance, daniel

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It is always best to compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. – yo' Feb 14 '12 at 9:18
ok, I will do it later, I thought maybe some people know the answer without testing it. – dan Feb 14 '12 at 9:23
The problem is that this much depends on the class you use, I posted likely-working answer below. – yo' Feb 14 '12 at 9:24
If the dbvdoc class is based on KOMA-Script – what we can’t see, because it seems, it is an internal document class (for the German insurance DBV?) – then there is a command \minisec which works as expected. – Speravir Feb 14 '12 at 19:51
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Play with both counters of the minimal example, or use paragraph*, or use the description environment if do you want also a hanging indent

\paragraph{paragraph } numbered but not listed in TOC.
\paragraph*{Paragraph } not numbered and not listed.
\item [{description}] environment
\item [{second}] item of descrition
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the \paragraph with the asterisk did the trick. Thank you! – dan Feb 14 '12 at 9:30

\paragraph is a sectioning command whose numbering and inclusion in the table of contents is governed by the counters secnumdepth and tocdepth.

Specifically (in the standard classes) it is considered at level 4:

chapter = 0 (if existent in the class)
section = 1
subsection = 2
subsubsection = 3
paragraph = 4
subparagraph = 5

Thus any setting such as \setcounter{tocdepth}{<n>} (where <n> is an integer less than 4) will not include sections introduced by \paragraph in the table of contents. The default value of tocdepth is 2.

However, sections introduced with \paragraph* will not be numbered nor included in the table of contents.

I recommend you not using \paragraph* directly, though: write in your preamble something like


and use \mydivision{Word}. You may so easily change your mind about the rendering of these things. For example, a definition that doesn't abuse the sectioning commands might be

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You should try to include these two lines in your preamble. They modify the depth of table of contents:

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hmm thank you it doesnt work. Im on depth level 2, later I will go deeper. The reason I dont want to have it in the table of contents is because the section is too short. – dan Feb 14 '12 at 9:28

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