# How to make section name uppercase in ToC?

Is there another way to change section names in ToC to uppercase besides Uppercase sections and subsections on ToC Cause this one doesn't work for me very well. Can it be done with tocloft package?

### Update: for a solution working with hyperref, see below.

An option, patching \l@section:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\l@section}{#1}{\MakeUppercase{#1}}{}{}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\section{A test section}
\section{Another test section}

\end{document}


If your section titles contain math or commands (such as \label), it's best to use \MakeTextUppercase from the textcase package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{textcase}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\l@section}{#1}{\MakeTextUppercase{#1}}{}{}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\section{A test section $a=b$}\label{sec:test}
\section{Another test section with a reference:~\protect\ref{sec:test}}

\end{document}


The solutions above won't work if the hyperref package is used. In this case, one can tamper with \contentsline (this borrows some code from Heiko Oberdiek's answer to this question in comp.text.tex):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{textcase}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\makeatletter
\let\oldcontentsline\contentsline
\def\contentsline#1#2{%
\expandafter\ifx\csname l@#1\endcsname\l@section
\expandafter\@firstoftwo
\else
\expandafter\@secondoftwo
\fi
{%
\oldcontentsline{#1}{\MakeTextUppercase{#2}}%
}{%
\oldcontentsline{#1}{#2}%
}%
}
\makeatother
\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\section{A test section $a=b$}\label{sec:test}
\section{Another test section with a reference:~\ref{sec:test}}

\end{document}


The above approach also works using \MakeUppercase instead of \MakeTextUppercase; if this is so, then textcase is not necessary.

• Will that work with hyperref (most people tend to forget to mention that they also use hyperref – daleif Jan 31 '14 at 22:50
• @daleif Good point! No, it won't work with hyperref. I'll add a remark about this. – Gonzalo Medina Jan 31 '14 at 22:53
• @daleif now I've added a solution compatible with hyperref. – Gonzalo Medina Feb 1 '14 at 0:02
• For some reason, this does not work with polyglossia and right to left languages. I tried with both Hebrew and Syriac. Any suggestions? – Paul Oct 30 '18 at 13:10