# Hide \author, \date, and \title when exporting to pdf with org-latex-export-to-pdf

I am very new to LaTeX and exporting org-mode files to pdf. When I run the command `org-latex-export-to-pdf` it adds a title, author name, and date to the top of the exported pdf. Looking at the generated LaTeX, I assume that comes from the lines:

``````\author{Ethan Skinner}
\date{\today}
\title{My Title}
``````

How can I export a pdf without these properties? I have tried using both the `VISIBLE-ONLY` and `BODY-ONLY` arguments to `org-latex-export-to-pdf`, but this didn't work for me

• I think `#+OPTIONS: author:nil` will remove the author from exports, I'm almost sure the rest can be handled by options too, but I don't remember the syntax for it. Mar 18, 2016 at 19:50
• with the option it keeps the spacing though, I'd like to remove them completely... Jan 6 at 19:30

OK, thanks to @wvxvw putting me on the right track I figured it out.

You can get rid of the author and date with:

``````#+OPTIONS: author:nil date:nil
``````

The Org Manual says that you can also toggle title with `title:nil` (`org-export-with-title`). However, this option didn't get rid of the title, and I couldn't find a variable or command `org-export-with-title`. However, from this thread I found that I can get rid of the title simply by adding: `#+TITLE:` and not entering a title. This does add an extra line to my document, and it seems like it would make more sense to do it in the `#+OPTIONS`, but this will do.

• Is there a way to permanently change that? So that you don't have to add it to every single org file/section you want to export? Thanks for helping! Jul 19, 2017 at 4:53
• title:nil is working for me under org-mode 9.1. :-) May 22, 2018 at 20:15

You can also redefine LaTeX's `\maketitle` to do nothing:

``````#+Title: Test title
#+Author: Test Author
#+Date: [2016-03-28 Mon]

``````#+OPTIONS: title:nil
on top of your file makes the `\maketitle` macro not to be inserted into the generated `.tex` file which makes neither the author, date or title to be shown in the resulting PDF file.