I need to remove my subsection from ToC. I got that part right without any problems by using this link. Thanks!

But I am unable to use \ref{"label from my subsection"} for the selected subsection I just removed from my ToC. Well, I can still link it, but I will only get the reference to the section above my subsection.

Example: (My subsection isn't shown in ToC)

\section{Hello World!}



--- Latex will return with the result as below ---

1. Hello World!

1.1. Goodbye


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    Don't follow the advice in the link. Rather set \setcounter{tocdepth}{1}.
    – Werner
    Mar 6, 2014 at 22:00
  • The setcounter is better indeed though I still want the toc depht to be unspoiled for all my other sections, subsection etc. Is there any way you can apply a specific tocdepth for one section only. I was thinking something like: \setcounter{tocdepth}{1}{References} But it doesn't work either. Mar 7, 2014 at 9:08
  • Removing only a certain subsection from the toc sounds like a bad idea. Any reader will assume an error. If you inform us a bit more about the reasons, maybe someone here will come up with a better idea.
    – Keks Dose
    Mar 7, 2014 at 18:06
  • Removing subsections from TOC are a bad idea since it will confuse the reader. I agree with that. But in my case the subsections are used to define my references from websites and books. I need all my references to be at least \subsubsections{www.stackexchange.com} or above to keep the numbers intact when I use \ref{"%"}. I use lot of these references in my document to point out where the literature is used. The question would have been more precise in the first place if I have stated this. Mar 11, 2014 at 8:37

3 Answers 3


If you want all \subsections to be removed from the ToC, then all you need in your document preamble is


which would set the maximum depth of entries in the ToC to 1 (or \section).

If you only want selected \subsections to be inserted/not in the ToC, then you should use a different technique. The following defines \stoptocentries and \starttocentries. The former disables inserting content in the ToC by disabling \addcontentsline. The latter restores the functionality.

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\section{A section}
\stoptocentries% Stop adding content to the ToC
\subsection{A subsection}
\starttocentries% Resume adding content to the ToC
\subsection{Another subsection}

Of course, usage of \stoptocentries also pertains to other sectional units that use \addcontentsline.


You can do this out of the box with package etoc.

emove sub section

The code:



\section{First Section}




\section{Second Section}

\etocsettocdepth.toc {section}
\subsection {EXCLUDE ME}\label{ssec:excluded}
\etocsettocdepth.toc {subsection}

\subsection {D}

Too bad we have excluded subsection \ref{ssec:excluded} from the TOC!

  • Hi Werner, It is excatly what I want. Though the reader might find the section weird since it is missing in the TOC as Keks Dose pointed out. But thanks! Mar 11, 2014 at 8:27

I see that the above answer completely answers the question, but I found another method on the LaTeX website.

If you want to hide all subsections inside the toc, you should set the counter tocdepth to 1:


But if you only want this to apply to certain (sub)sections, you can change tocdepth inside the document:


Minimal worked example can also be found on the LaTeX website.

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