I found that the link-color for TOC text is identical to the link-color for Figures and Tables. When I change the color to black in the TOC also the color for Figures/Tables citation etc. is changed.

Is there a way to separately set the colors inside the TOC and outside?

  • Is there any chance you can reduce the length of the question?
    – user10274
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 17:58
  • @MarcvanDongen: Length of the title of the question: reduced, question itself: well, reworded but not shortened, but I think it is short enough, isn't it?
    – Stephen
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 18:18
  • @Stephen Much better now.
    – user10274
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 18:32

2 Answers 2


\hypersetup{linkbordercolor=black} before \tableofcontents changes the link colour to black (also for links to Figures and Tables occurring in the TOC). Enclosing \hypersetup and \tableofcontents in a group (either by enclosing in curly braces {...}or by using \begingroup\hypersetup...\tableofcontents\endgroup) keeps the change local. (Using "plain colour names" like black requires the xcolorpackage.)

If the colorlinks=true option of the hyperref package is used, \hypersetup{linkcolor=black} must be used instead of \hypersetup{linkbordercolor=black}.


% or \hypersetup{linkcolor=black}, if the colorlinks=true option of hyperref is used
% \hypersetup{linkbordercolor=red} 
% is not necessary because the colour is only changed in the group
\section{First Section starting at page \pageref{s1}\label{s1}}



compiled MWE

Because you are using "black" (and assuming your text is written in black) also


would be possible, which would - well, hide the links in the TOC.

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    +1 you might be able to make it a local change by using \begingroup\hypersetup....\tableofcontents\endgroup
    – cmhughes
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 17:43
  • @cmhughes: Yes, I was answering while developing the answer (me bad), had it grouped now by {}, but I'll include the alternative in the answer.
    – Stephen
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 18:12
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    {\hypersetup{linkcolor=black} \tableofcontents } works perfectly. thanks!
    – KOF
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 22:53

You can also choose colors for your hyper references. Include this in your preamble and modify it according to your needs!

    pdfborder = {0 0 0},
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    he doesnt just need to modify the link color, but he needs to do it locally, i.e. only for the TOC and not for all the document
    – SAAD
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 15:22
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    This doesn't answer the question.
    – lblb
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 19:53
  • May not answer the question, but was useful for me.
    – vy32
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 1:30

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