I'm using the report style.

I'm using \subsection* to suppress the numbers that would otherwise appear before my subsection text.

I'm generating a table of contents using setcounter{tocdepth}{2}

But the subsection numbers are appearing in the generated table of contents.

Is there a way to suppress the numbers for the subsections in the table of contents, like you can suppress them using \subsection* rather than \subsection?

(I want the chapter and section numbers to appear for new chapters and sections, as they currently are).

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    What happens with \setcounter{tocdepth}{1}? Or do you want the subsection's name on toc but not numbered there but numbered on the text?
    – Sigur
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:30
  • The TOC doesn't display the subsection title either.
    – Bathsheba
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:32
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    You shouldn't use \subsection* everywhere; just say \setcounter{secnumdepth}{1} before \begin{document} and use \subsection normally. If you want the subsections in the TOC, add also \setcounter{tocdepth}{2}
    – egreg
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:50
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2 Answers 2


Don't use \subsection* everywhere, if you never want subsections to be numbered. Instead, add

\setcounter{secnumdepth}{1} % levels under \section are not numbered
\setcounter{tocdepth}{2}    % levels under \subsection are not listed in the TOC

Example with article, but with report or book (or most of the other classes)


\setcounter{secnumdepth}{1} % levels under \section are not numbered
\setcounter{tocdepth}{2}    % levels under \subsection are not listed in the TOC




\subsection{Some title}
Here's the text.

And again.



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This is one way:

\subsection*{text here}
\addcontentsline{toc}{subsection}{text here}

And set the depth of the table of contents to be above the subsection level, using \setcounter{tocdepth}{appropriate value here}

Unfortunately though, you need to write "text here" in two places.

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