I wanted to know if it is possible to have the table of contents in black like it appears in the picture: enter image description here

And also make the sections appears in blue when referencing them:

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This is my current set up:

  • Do you mean that you want hyperlinks in the table of contents boxed, but the hyperlinks for cross references coloured? May 23, 2019 at 2:52
  • Not boxed, only black. And the hyperlinks for cross references blue coloured!
    – user189304
    May 23, 2019 at 3:02
  • So just different styles. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/88400/… May 23, 2019 at 3:05
  • Basically you want: {\hypersetup{linkcolor=black}\tableofcontents} May 23, 2019 at 3:05
  • Let my try it and I'll tell you. I want to keep the blue hyperlinks for cross references colored
    – user189304
    May 23, 2019 at 3:07

1 Answer 1


Something like this will do what you want:





\section{Section heading}

Filler text.

\section{Another section heading}

Filler text. §\ref{sec}. Filler text. §\ref{anothersec}.



  • Wow!!! You did it! Such a wonderful job! It works but, I have the preamble, meaning, all the packages, separated from the main.tex file. I can only alter the document from the preamble. By putting {\hypersetup{hidelinks} \tableofcontents below \begin{document} the table of contents appears in the first page and then comes the title page. How can we fix that? }
    – user189304
    May 23, 2019 at 3:19
  • @Delan, you must have an existing \tableofcontents somewhere in your document. Just replace that line with {\hypersetup{hidelinks}\tableofcontents} May 23, 2019 at 3:20
  • I want to alter the whole document, yes! I am trying to find where \tableofcontents is. I am seeing that I have it like \input{tableofcontents}
    – user189304
    May 23, 2019 at 3:23
  • Or you could use {\hypersetup{hidelinks}\input{tableofcontents}} May 23, 2019 at 3:25
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    @Delan. Same way. Just surround you list of figure and list of tables with {\hypersetup{hidelinks}…}. May 23, 2019 at 3:31

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