I've tried adapting the answer here, to make invisible subsections by changing 'section' to 'subsection' everywhere. It didn't seem to work. Basically, what I want is to have subsections that appear in the bookmarks menu of adobe (or other pdf readers) so that I can't jump to their location, but they shouldn't appear in the text itself. Ideally I would prefer these subsections (or sections for that matter) didn't interfere with the numbering of regular subsections, but that's the less important part.

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You want to use the command \addcontentsline to add something to the table of contents.

\section{You can see this section}

\addcontentsline{toc}{subsection}{You can't see this one}

\subsection{You can see this one!}


This will put an unnumbered entry at the level of subsection into the \tableofcontents and and entry in the index! More information can be found here.

  • very good! Thank you, Nethanael. Is it too much to ask that the tex editor (TeXstudio) recognize it too? :)
    – giladrv
    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:24
  • You could make an actual invisible subsection, which would probably be recognised by TeXstudio, but that would be much more than a line long! I think I have some code at home that could work, I'll give it a look later. Still, one line answers are usually the best! Feb 8, 2013 at 10:18

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