I'm trying to find a way to remove the chapter number from the section headers when using memoir. Right now I'm using parts, but no chapters and zeroes appear in front of all section numbers. I tried reseting the chapter command like that:


or like that


and it didn't work as I expected. They both removed the chapter number, but also removed the subsection numbers. I'm sure there is a more clever way to do it.


2 Answers 2


Use the \counterwithout command:


See §18.8 of the memoir manual.

  • 2
    Thanks, the problem was actually in the memoir default section numbering depth. It was set to 1 and I needed it to be 3. Thanks for the advice, though. This is a better way to do it :) Jul 3, 2012 at 16:44
  • 6
    @AleksandarSavkov: In memoir you can use the section name rather than having to remember numbers: \setsecnumdepth{subsubsection}, for example. Jul 3, 2012 at 17:02

Maybe you can use the option article and \chapter as the sectioning heading. An MWE:




\chapter{Old Test}

\part{Next Test}

\chapter{New test}

  • 1
    Although this works, there's something perverse about memoir's implementation of article.
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:46
  • @AlanMunn Maybe, but I have several hundred documents based on memoir's article (memos, legal opinions,bylaws, article of associations, protocols and agreement). Of course, using \chapter when you need a \section breach the logic of TeX, but a section is not the same in my language as in English so it doesn't matter.
    – Sveinung
    Jul 4, 2012 at 12:17

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .