# How to NOT print some of the sections in Table of Contents?

So basically I want to create a Table of Contents in my latex document (class - article). But I don't want the first half sections to be printed. For examples, suppose there are four sections in my document - Section 1, Section 2, Section 3 and Section 4. Then I want my TOC to look like this

1. Section 3 -- pagenumber

2. Section 4 -- pagenumber

While I want to retain the section number and names in the main text.

Thanks!

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– user31729
Jul 28, 2014 at 21:56
• \section*{First section} etc should do for not appearing in the TOC.
– user31729
Jul 28, 2014 at 21:57

## 1 Answer

Depending on the request, there are some possibilities:

\section*{Title} ---> No toc entry at all

\section[]{Title} ----> No toc entry, but numbered section

\documentclass[paper=a4,12pt]{scrartcl}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\clearpage

\section*{First -- not in TOC}%
\blindtext
\section*{Second -- not in TOC too}%
\blindtext
\section{Third}%
\blindtext
\section{Fourth}%
\blindtext
\section[]{Fifth}%
\blindtext
\end{document}


• This answer works with the "scrartcl" class, but not (for me) with the "article" or "amsart" classes. With "article", \section* is left out of the TOC while \section[] inserts a blank but numbered line into the TOC, while with "amsart" all three commands add TOC entries (with \section* being an unnumbered entry and the other two numbered). Sep 23, 2015 at 4:22
• @MikeShulman: Yes? What's your addition to this?
– user31729
Sep 23, 2015 at 12:02
• I don't understand your question. I was pointing out that your answer only works with a particular document class (which happens not to be the one the OP said he was using). Sep 23, 2015 at 23:12
• @MikeShulman: I never claimed it would work with other classes
– user31729
Sep 24, 2015 at 8:11
• Sure. But since you didn't actually mention document classes at all, I spent a while being confused about why your solution didn't work for me, until I realized it depended on the document class. So I thought I would spare other readers that wasted time. Sep 24, 2015 at 13:36