# Exclude appendix sections, subsections and subsubsection from TOC

I want to exclude ALL sections, subsections, and subsubsection in the Appendix from the table of contents. But I need to have the "Chapter"(Appendix) to be shown in the TOC.

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,icelandic]{report}
\usepackage[toc,page]{appendix}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents

\chapter{Chapter 1}
\section{Section 1.1}
\subsection{Section 1.1.1}
\chapter{Chapter 2}
\section{Section 2.1}
\subsection{Section 2.1.1}
\appendix
\chapter{Appendix A}
\section{Appendix A.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\subsection{Appendix A.1.1}   % Do not show in table of content.
\chapter{Appendix B}
\section{Appendix B.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\section{Appendix B.2}        % Do not show in table of content.
\end{document}

• Thank you very much Albert. :) Exactly what I've been looking for. - (I accidentally double-clicked the "up-vote" for your comment. So I can't give it another vote.) – Bjartmar Nov 26 '14 at 18:32

You have to write \setcounter{tocdepth}{0} in the .toc file when \appendix is issued. You might do it as

\appendix


but it's better programming style doing this in the preamble:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report}
\usepackage[toc,page]{appendix}

\usepackage{etoolbox}

% reinstate the correct level for list of tables and figures

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\chapter{Chapter 1}
\section{Section 1.1}
\subsection{Section 1.1.1}
\chapter{Chapter 2}
\section{Section 2.1}
\subsection{Section 2.1.1}

\appendix
\chapter{Appendix A}
\section{Appendix A.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\subsection{Appendix A.1.1}   % Do not show in table of content.
\chapter{Appendix B}
\section{Appendix B.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\section{Appendix B.2}        % Do not show in table of content.
\end{document}


• Since I added: \usepackage{etoolbox} \appto\appendix{\addtocontents{toc}{\protect\setcounter{tocdepth}{0}}} I've been experiencing problems with list of figures and list of tables. They disappear.. When % the lines out they come back. After few runs they disappear again. Any ideas @egreg ? – Bjartmar Nov 27 '14 at 11:44
• @bjartmar I added the fix – egreg Nov 27 '14 at 11:52
• Nice one! Thank you.. Thank you.. This seems to do the trick. :D – Bjartmar Nov 27 '14 at 12:03
• @bjartmar LaTeX should really have independent counters for toc, lof and lot. – egreg Nov 27 '14 at 12:05

Here is the solution for future problems. Thanks to @albert

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,icelandic]{report}
\usepackage[toc,page]{appendix}

\newcommand{\nocontentsline}[3]{}

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents

\chapter{Chapter 1}
\section{1}
\subsection{2}
\chapter{Chapter 2}
\section{1}
\subsection{2}
\subsubsection{3}
\appendix
\chapter{Appendix A}
\tocless\section{Appendix A.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\tocless\subsection{Appendix A.1.1}   % Do not show in table of content.
\chapter{Appendix B}
\tocless\section{Appendix B.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\tocless\section{Appendix B.2}        % Do not show in table of content.
\end{document}


One could insert content into the ToC mid-document that would influence the way the ToC is printed. For that I've created two macros:

• \stoptocwriting

Set the counter tocdepth to -5, where no sectional heading level exists above. As such, entries following this macro will be dropped with the ToC altogether;

• \resumetocwriting

Resets the counter of tocdepth to whatever it was set at in the preamble. This restores the ToC entries style of display.

Here is a minimal example showing the use of the above macros:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[toc,page]{appendix}
\newcommand{\stoptocwriting}{%
\newcommand{\resumetocwriting}{%
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents

\chapter{Chapter 1}
\section{Section 1.1}
\subsection{Section 1.1.1}
\chapter{Chapter 2}
\section{Section 2.1}
\subsection{Section 2.1.1}
\appendix
\chapter{Appendix A}
\stoptocwriting
\section{Appendix A.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\subsection{Appendix A.1.1}   % Do not show in table of content.
\resumetocwriting
\chapter{Appendix B}
\stoptocwriting
\section{Appendix B.1}        % Do not show in table of content.
\section{Appendix B.2}        % Do not show in table of content.
\resumetocwriting
\end{document}


The .toc contains all the original entries, together with the setting of tocdepth:

\contentsline {chapter}{\numberline {1}Chapter 1}{2}
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {1.1}Section 1.1}{2}
\contentsline {subsection}{\numberline {1.1.1}Section 1.1.1}{2}
\contentsline {chapter}{\numberline {2}Chapter 2}{3}
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {2.1}Section 2.1}{3}
\contentsline {subsection}{\numberline {2.1.1}Section 2.1.1}{3}
\contentsline {chapter}{\numberline {A}Appendix A}{4}
\setcounter {tocdepth}{-5}
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {A.1}Appendix A.1}{4}
\contentsline {subsection}{\numberline {A.1.1}Appendix A.1.1}{4}
\setcounter {tocdepth}{0}
\contentsline {chapter}{\numberline {B}Appendix B}{5}
\setcounter {tocdepth}{-5}
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {B.1}Appendix B.1}{5}
\contentsline {section}{\numberline {B.2}Appendix B.2}{5}
\setcounter {tocdepth}{0}