I have a text which includes some acronyms \ac{ABC}, but I want to omit the list of acronyms from my final document. As this post suggests, I tried:


but the title "List of Acronyms" still shows up on its own page. How can I completely omit it?

The alternative would be to comment out the package and find a way to deal with the \ac{} tags without removing them.

  • You could use \def\ac#1{\ignorespaces}. However, the nolist option should work. Perhaps you need to remove your aux files or run pdflatex or latex a few more times. I don't know the mechanism acronym uses well enough to say for sure whether or not this will have any impact. – Roelof Spijker Dec 12 '11 at 16:38
  • Tried removing aux files and re-running pdfLaTeX, problem persists. \def\ac#1{\ignorespaces} removes the acronyms, but I need to keep them, just not have pdflatex choke on the \ac{} bits without the package defined. – Benjamin Dec 12 '11 at 16:42
  • My problem is coming from my acronyms file acronyms.tex, which I \include in my main document, and which begins with an unnumbered section, the section name is being printed but not the list because of the nolist option... – Benjamin Dec 12 '11 at 17:07
  • ok... I suppose you could use \includeonly then. – Roelof Spijker Dec 12 '11 at 17:23
  • I think \includeonly works only in the preamble, but I need to insert after document start. – Benjamin Dec 12 '11 at 17:35

From acronym's documentation:

If one does not want an acronym list to be produced at all, acronyms can be defined directly thanks to the two commands

\newacro{⟨acronym⟩}[⟨short name⟩]{⟨full name⟩}
\acrodef{⟨acronym⟩}[⟨short name⟩]{⟨full name⟩}

the difference between the two consisting in the fact that the latter makes the acronym definition stored in the .aux file. Therefore, the acronym becomes available from start-up in the next run.


The package acronym doesn't automatically produce a title for the list of acronyms. If you want a title, you have to set it yourself. Not setting a title and using


in the preamble shouldn't be printing anything.

With the environment

    \acro{abs}[\textsc{abs}]{Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene}

one gets a list of acronyms that is defined as a description type list. In essence, it's not much different (of course, it's much different, otherwise we wouldn't need the package) from saying

    \item[\textsc{abs}]{Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene}

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