How can I exclude a custom titling command (sectioning command) from the table of contents? Note that I do not want to simply inherit the \paragraph, because it is reserved for and extra deeper layer of sectioning.


I would like to create a section called \minisec with titlesec, that is

  • numbered, yet does not show the number (for possible future decisions regarding numbering).
  • It does not show up in the table of contents.
  • It is lower than \paragraph

Sample Code

\titlespacing*{\minisec}{0pt}{3.25ex plus 1ex minus .2ex}{1.5ex plus .2ex}

I adapted this code from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/17278/13552

  • 1
    Whether \titleclass{\minisec}{straight}[\paragraph] \newcounter{minisec} \setcounter{secnumdepth}{5} \titleformat{name=\minisec,numberless}[hang]{\normalsize\bfseries}{}{0pt}{#1} \titlespacing*{\minisec}{0pt}{3.25ex plus 1ex minus .2ex}{1.5ex plus .2ex} is OK for you?
    – user11232
    Feb 4, 2015 at 13:01
  • That causes an error !Missing number, treated as zero. \minisec{Presettings}. Could that have something to do with the fact that I am using the explicit option in titlesec? Feb 4, 2015 at 13:28
  • You should use \minisec*{Presettings} Note the star.
    – user11232
    Feb 4, 2015 at 13:47
  • Ok, I found the problem and it is just caused by the setcounter{secnumdepth}{5}. Using starred commands are not an option for me. Also, my \paragraph has been reassigned to work like a \subsubsubsection, so the code you provided will not work. Feb 4, 2015 at 13:51
  • KOMA-script provides a command minisec by default ;-)
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 4, 2015 at 15:29

1 Answer 1


The following example addresses all three questions (the code includes comments):




% Change 0pt to a positive value once the representation for the counter has been established
  {0pt}{3.25ex plus 1ex minus .2ex}{1.5ex plus .2ex}

% minisecs will be numebered
% minisecs won't appear in the ToC

% Provisional empty definition for the counter representation

% Settings for the bookmarks and the ToC entries (change the second 
% and third arguments of \@dottedtocline if minisecs should go to the ToC)



\section{A test section}
In \autoref{sec:minitest} we have an example of
\subsection{A test subsection}
\subsubsection{A test subsubsection}
\paragraph{A test paragraph}
\minisec{A test minisec}


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  • Thank you very much for such a thorough answer that explains each part! Very helpful :) Feb 4, 2015 at 21:50

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