How do I skip a subsection (in this case, 1.2) like this:

1 Main Title
1.1 Subtitle
1.3 Subtitle
1.4 Subtitle
  • David, not all and everything technically possible is good. Why in the world would you skip a number?
    – Keks Dose
    Sep 11, 2013 at 8:32
  • @KeksDose -- maybe the document in question is quoting just segments from another (numbered) document, and it's important to keep the original numbering. Sep 11, 2013 at 13:24
  • @barbarabeeton I've been reading and (once in a while) answering LaTeX questions in a German forum which used to be the place to go for many students. After a while I noticed that many students had »Procrustean« views: if it doesn't fit, I'll make it fit. So I started to ask for the students reasons to do strange things and tried to make them listen to sense...
    – Keks Dose
    Sep 11, 2013 at 13:37
  • @KeksDose -- it's never a bad idea (and usually a good one) to know why something is "necessary". so keep on asking. (i find i learn interesting things when i do.) Sep 11, 2013 at 14:28

1 Answer 1


\stepcounter or \addtocounter can be used, e.g.:

\section{Main Title}


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