So I've come to the following problems while writing something in LaTeX, first, I want to have the numbering of a section of the output to be just a number not depending of the chapter. (not like 1.1, 1.2 etc)


Chapter 1

  1. Section 1
  2. Section 2

Chapter 2

  1. Section 1 in chapter 2
  2. Section 2 in chapter 2

etc, but, on the TOC I want it to look like

Chapter 1

§1. Section 1
§2. Section 2

Chapter 2

§1. Section 1 in chapter 2

§2. Section 2 in chapter 2

To have the first one I used

\renewcommand{\thesection}{\thepart \arabic{section}}


\documentclass[leqno, 12pt, twoside,letterpaper]{book}

But I can't get the TOC with the symbol §, any help would be welcome. Thanks!

  • Can you show us a minimal working example? It is important to know which documentclass you are using.
    – Johannes_B
    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:47
  • How do you want to reference to sections in the different chapters? Might be confusing for the reader.
    – Johannes_B
    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:48
  • @Johannes_B The documentclass is \documentclass[leqno, 12pt, twoside,letterpaper]{book} I'll try to write an MWE later.
    – aram
    Dec 15, 2014 at 9:01
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    See packages titlesec and titletoc.
    – jmc
    Dec 15, 2014 at 10:21

1 Answer 1


To have the number preceeded by the symbol § in the TOC, it suffices to to load the package tocloft and issue the command:


Complete MWE:






\section{Section 1}
\section{Section 2}

\section{Section 1 in chapter 2}
\section{Section 2 in chapter 2}



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Note that I've used


instead of yours

\renewcommand{\thesection}{\thepart \arabic{section}}
  • So this half helped me but I should have written the question differently, please can you see the edit?
    – aram
    Dec 15, 2014 at 19:51
  • Now sections numbering is totally independent of chapter, but I wanted to have sections in the following form 1 to 10 in the first chapter, sections 1 to 7 in the second chapter, etc, right now with your solution im getting section 1 to 10 in the first chapter, and sections 11 to 17 in the second chapter.
    – aram
    Dec 15, 2014 at 19:54
  • @Aram In this case \renewcommand{\thesection}{\arabic{section}} should do. Dec 15, 2014 at 20:10
  • @Aram You're welcome. I've changed the answer accordingly. Dec 15, 2014 at 20:15

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