Is there any chance to hide the "Table of contents" heading that \tableofcontents generates?

If figured that \renewcommand\contentsname{} works (it sets the title to "", an empty string), but it does not remove the heading completely - the space is still blocked.

  • Isn't \tableofcontents* a better way to do it?
    – gnz
    Jun 2 '12 at 8:37
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    Doesn't work for me? I'm just getting that asterisk placed right below the heading.
    – Niko
    Jun 2 '12 at 8:41
  • \tableofcontents* removes the ToC entry from the ToC itself in the memoir class.
    – lockstep
    Jun 2 '12 at 8:47

If you are using the article class you can find the definition of \tableofcontents in the article.cls file:


Now you can just remove the part where \section* is defined:

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    How and why does this work? (Feel free to edit the answer into your answer)
    – doncherry
    Jun 22 '12 at 22:04
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    @doncherry Just take the original definition of \tableofcontents from article.cls and remove the code that creates the heading.
    – Thorsten
    Jun 23 '12 at 6:08
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    I applied current validated answer (see above) and it didn't work at first. I had a LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item error message. All I had to do was to add spaces before \tableofcontents.
    – kogexo
    May 28 '18 at 8:45

If you want no TOC, but still want the "sidebar" created by hyperref you may do this:



  • The bookmarks are produced independently of the presence of the TOC.
    – egreg
    Jun 2 '12 at 10:36
  • @egreg Thank you for this information, didn't know that. Jun 2 '12 at 10:44

You say that using an empty name does not remove the space before the TOC. You can change that using the extra code below:

\renewcommand\contentsname{} % the empty name

\vspace{-5cm} % the removed space. Set as appropriate
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    A simple one-liner does it better (your solution didn't work for me) : \renewcommand\contentsname{\vspace*{-20pt}}. Apr 28 at 15:20

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