for a book I am writing I'd like to insert a normal chapter (i.e. with normal numbering and correct headers and footers - I'm using 'fancyhdr') but preventing it from appearing in the ToC.

A ToC like:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

With a gap in chapter numbering, it would be a "ghost" (from the ToC point of view) chapter.

I am finding advice on how to do the unnumbered chapter in ToC, i.e., using:


But I cannot find the opposite: 'numbered chapter not in ToC'.

Can you suggest a way to do it?

Thank you

  • Generally there is no method for removing a numbered chapter from the TOC (I've never even heard of such a requirement). But is is, for for that we'll need more information from you, like a minimal example, using the same documentclass that you'll use, and especially whether or not you are using hyperref (as it redefines an internal component to have more arguments than usual)
    – daleif
    Sep 11, 2019 at 10:48

1 Answer 1


Change tocdepth for the chapter to be eliminated



\chapter{title 1}
\chapter{title 2}

\chapter{title 3}

\chapter{title 4}

  • this [SOLVED] my need perfectly, thank you!
    – atrent
    Sep 11, 2019 at 14:17

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