In the appendix of my thesis (using scrreprt) I want to start a new chapter containing a lot of large figures. For formating reasons I don't want the automatic heading, created when using \chapter{bla}. However I do want the chapter to appear in the TOC and also I want the page header to show the chapter correctly.

So my question is, is there a way to start a new chapter without the automatic heading? I don't want all chapters to be without heading, only this one.

  • Does the following meet your need? \chapter[My Contents Title]{} – Alan Sep 7 '14 at 13:19
  • Unfortunaly not, because number of the chapter is still printed, e.g. "A." in my case. But thanks for the idea. – Haatschii Sep 7 '14 at 14:27

The chapter head is typeset by \@makechapterhead, which is a macro with one argument, while the TOC entry and the heading are direct responsibiity of \@chapter and independent of \@makechapterhead. If we temporarily redefine it to simply gobble its argument, we're done.


  \let\@makechapterhead\@gobble % make \@makechapterhead do nothing





\unchapter{No chapter head}

text: check the heading

\chapter{This is regular again}

  • You golden god saving us from thesis formatting hell bless you – Andreas GS May 29 '20 at 0:35

An old exchange...

but I have a great solution so I give it.


And, of course, replace \chapter by \mychapter in your latex file.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Are you sure this is a great solution? You will still create the heading with this (\chapter*) which is not what the OP has asked for. – TeXnician Dec 12 '18 at 8:21

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