I am using amsart. For specific isolated uses of subsubsection*, I would like to prevent the addition of a period at the end of the title.




\subsubsection*{Don't fence me in}  Some text.

\subsubsection*{Or at least let me use pictures like} {\it \hspace{-.3cm} 
\draw[double] (0,0) -- (1,1) -- (1,0);
\end{tikzpicture}$ inside a title.}
Some more text.

\subsubsection*{Fine go ahead}  And a bit more.


In this example, in the second use of \subsubsection*, I would like to remove the period after `like'. As you can see, my real motivation is to be able to use tikz in a subsubsection heading, but in my circumstance, it seems the easiest workaround would just be to remove the period and fake the second half of the section title, as above.

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    try adding \nopunct at the end of that title. Nov 4, 2013 at 9:57

1 Answer 1


the ams document classes provide the command \nopunct to omit the automatically added period at the end of (sub)section headings.

the rationale is that a heading might reasonably end with a question mark or similar, so no additional punctuation is wanted. since tex doesn't process backwards, this has to be specified manually.

  • Barbara Beeton's comment does the trick: \nopunct.
    – Chris
    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:19
  • Great solution, thanks! Notice however that the \nopunct produces some trailing garbage "1007" in the PDF table of contents bookmarks of that section. (I'm still using a 2022 latex installation.) Dec 4, 2023 at 14:00
  • @OskarLimka -- I've never heard of that problem. I think it's worth a new question of its own. Please provide a small compilable example that triggers the problem. Dec 4, 2023 at 16:32
  • @barbarabeeton I will try to update TeX instal first and if problem persists, I'll share it as a question. Dec 10, 2023 at 0:07

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