I'm using the following format for the sectioning:


Before starting the chapter 1, I start with an introduction that I use in it the sectioning, and I faced the following problem:

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And here is my code snippet for this section:


Can anyone help me please to get rid of this 0 from the sectioning only in the introduction part?

  • Use again \section*{Overview} instead of \section{Overview}. Simplest solution. Sectioning commands with "star" disable theyre numbering. Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 11:42
  • And also, it is better (even for simple cases) not to post code snippets, but to post stand-alone compilable MWE (with documentclass, package loadings, etc ...) that can be just copy-pasted for testing. Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 11:44
  • you could use \renewcommand\thesubsection{\ifnum\value{chapter}>0 \thechapter.\arabic{section}.\fi\arabic{subsection}} but the reader may find it confusing, better to use \section* and not number, I think. Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 11:51
  • @DavidCarlisle thank you i tried your command for the section and it works for me but i still have a problem for the subsection : \renewcommand\thesection{\ifnum\value{chapter}>0 \thechapter.\fi\arabic{section}} \renewcommand\thesubsection{\ifnum\value{chapter}>0 \thechapter.\arabic{section}.\fi\arabic{subsection}} where the subsection is only numbered without being precede with the section number Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 12:41
  • you have not provided a test document or even a fragment showing any use of \subsection Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 13:00

1 Answer 1


I think it's clearer to use unnumbered sections in the front matter, but if you want to do this then:

\renewcommand\thesection{\ifnum\value{chapter}>0 \thechapter.\fi\arabic{section}}
% this one shouldn't be needed as it's the default

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