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I have set up a document to have a table of content:

\begin{document}
\selectlanguage{english}
\tableofcontents{}

I then have sections within the document which appear in the table of content

\section{\small{Introduction}}

text

\section{\small{Chapter 1}}

text

The problem is, at section 1, I get a large 1 followed by the text Introduction which is much smaller. Then in section 2, I get a large 2 followed by the text Chapter 2 which is much smaller. How can I reduce the size of these numbers?

Also the space above and below the section titles is far too large. How can I reduce these?
I tried:

 \usepackage[compact]{titlesec}
    \titlespacing{\section}{0pt}{-5pt}{-5pt}

but I still had large spacing above and below the section heading.

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  • Which document class are you using? Why \tableofcontents with an argument? – Gonzalo Medina Oct 1 '15 at 15:33
  • \documentclass[10pt,a5paper]{extarticle} – adam.888 Oct 1 '15 at 15:46
  • I added argument: small to table of content in the hope of making the section number and section spacing smaller – adam.888 Oct 1 '15 at 15:48
  • Do you want to reduce the space between section entries in the ToC or the space between section titles and surrounding text in the document? – Gonzalo Medina Oct 1 '15 at 15:51
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    Do you plan to use all sections this way? i.e. \section{\small some title}. By the way, please don't use {\small{text}} it's {\small text}. – touhami Oct 5 '15 at 7:38
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The sizes of the sectioning command headings are fixed in the definitions using \@startsection -- it's the last argument there.

The spacings before and after the heading can be controlled with the 4th and 5th argument of \@startsection.

I changed the values only slightly -- the precise values are left to the O.P -- those values depend on personal preferences, but they shouldn't exceed any boundary, i.e. leak into the margins.

In order to change the size of the ToC entries: tocloft and its \cftsecfont and \cftsubsecfont commands can be redefined to use \small or \tiny.

\documentclass[10pt,a5paper]{extarticle}


\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{tocloft}
\usepackage{blindtext}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}%
                                   {-2.5ex \@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%
                                   {0.3ex \@plus.2ex}%
                                   {\normalfont\small\bfseries}}

\renewcommand\subsection{\@startsection{subsection}{2}{\z@}%
                                     {-3.25ex\@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%
                                     {1.5ex \@plus .2ex}%
                                     {\normalfont\tiny\bfseries}}
\makeatother

\renewcommand{\cftsecfont}{\small}
\renewcommand{\cftsubsecfont}{\tiny}

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\clearpage
\section{Foo}
\blindtext
\section{Foobar}
\blindtext
\end{document}

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