# How to remove part and section numbers from titles

Using XeLaTeX and Book package.

I'd like to remove "part #" and "section #" from the \part and \section titles, thus keeping the part and section titles only. How can I accomplish this?

Thanks in advance for any help.

• the class book has no leading section for \section. I suppose you mean "chapter". – user2478 Jun 6 '12 at 6:36
• If you want that no sectional unit is numbered, then say \setcounter{secnumdepth}{-2} before \begin{document}. Otherwise, please state better your problem. Welcome to TeX.SX! – egreg Jun 6 '12 at 9:31
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Confer the Wikibooks article on Section numbering:

“To get an unnumbered section heading which does not go into the Table of Contents, follow the command name with an asterisk before the opening curly brace: \subsection*{Introduction}. […] If you want the unnumbered section to be in the table of contents anyway, use the \addcontentsline command like this:

\section*{Introduction}


[…]”

For more info (PDF bookmarks for the unnumbered chapters, clearing the page after \chapters) please see the Wikibooks article.

Another way, to suppress in the whole document parts and chapters names and/or numbers (like Part I, and Chapter 2) is to actually change it to nothing on the preamble:

\renewcommand{\partname}{}
\renewcommand{\thepart}{}
\renewcommand{\chaptername}{}
\renewcommand{\thechapter}{}


### NOTE:

If you are a babel or polyglossia user the above code is useless for the \partname and similars, instead you'd have to use:

\addto\captionsLANGUAGE{\renewcommand{\partname}{}
\renewcommand{\chaptername}{}}
\renewcommand{\thepart}{}
\renewcommand{\thechapter}{}