I'm a rookie with LaTeX, I'm using LyX, but I think this is a LaTeX problem.

Im using this LaTeX preamble for reset counter after parts


But it only works with \part and no with \part*... I need to have no-numbered parts. What can I do? I don't find anything on the net and my attempts don't work (counterwith, part*...).

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  • you're right, since \part* doesn't step the part counter. we need more informations about class used.
    – touhami
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:19
  • Here's some questions which address similar issues, numbering one counter within starred and unstarred versions of another: 1 2 3 Oct 4, 2015 at 15:21
  • Do you always use unnumbered parts?
    – Werner
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:26
  • Thanks all, but Christian answer works like a charm :D. Oct 4, 2015 at 15:34

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This works for article.cls \parts since there are no \chapters which must be reset too. It's regardless whether \part or \part* is used, the \setcounter{section}{0} just before \part does no harm and is done automatically here.






\part*{A part}

\section{A section in part}
\section{Another section in part}

\part*{Another part}

\section{A section in another part}

\section{Another section in another part}


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  • @analca3: It works even without LyX (;-)
    – user31729
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:36
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    \setcounter{section}{-1}\stepcounter{section} is better
    – touhami
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:36
  • @touhami: Why? I don't suppose that somebody will need a \label to the section just before \part starts.
    – user31729
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:40
  • just in case some one start the part with subsection this help to reset all counters. (by the way for crossreference one need \refstepcounter, but you know that)
    – touhami
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:43
  • @touhami: Yes, \refstepcounter -- I was confused for a moment. But since the format updates the underlying counters (subsection) are reset even with setcounter.
    – user31729
    Oct 4, 2015 at 15:48

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