I am trying to use custom counters in the titles of several sections, but I am not talking about the numbering system Latex uses for sections, that's ok. I just want to use a counter in the title.

Better explained with an example:

2.1.2. Title 1
2.1.3. Title 2
2.1.4. Title 3

I just want those 1, 2 and 3 after Title to be a variable I can increment. I have tried using \newcounter and \stepcounter but I must have been using them wrong because they did nothing.

This is what I tried:

\subsection{Title \value{ntitle}}

  • Can you show what you did? – Werner Oct 20 '16 at 16:33
  • @Werner Sure. Check the update. – dabadaba Oct 20 '16 at 16:36
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    \thentitle not \value{ntitle} – David Carlisle Oct 20 '16 at 16:39

\value{<cntr>} is an internal presentation of a counter and typically used in calculations, not presentation. For that, you may want to use \the<cntr> or redefine \the<cntr> to suit your needs (using \alph, \Alph, \roman, \Roman, ...).

Here's an example:

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\newcounter{ntitle}% Counter
\renewcommand{\thentitle}{\alph{ntitle}}% Counter representation



\setcounter{ntitle}{3}% Start value

\section{Title \thentitle}

\stepcounter{ntitle}% Next value

\section{Title \thentitle}

\stepcounter{ntitle}% Next value

\section{Title \thentitle}


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