Org mode headlines are turned into section{...}, subsection{...}, &c. when exported to LaTeX. How can I ignore them instead, making the org structure invisible in the exported document? (preferably allowing normal behaviour only when a certain tag (:head:) is present, but I would rather disable automatic sectioning altogether than keep the default behaviour.)

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    See emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/9492/…
    – artscan
    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:56
  • @artscan, thanks, I saw this before, but can't find the package ox-extra. Also, this answer allows exclusion of tagged headlines, but I want exclusion by default and inclusion only of tagged headlines.
    – Toothrot
    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:43

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org-plus-contrib package and org-mode git repo contain ox-extra.el. You can extend its functionality (see https://github.com/boykov/org-mode/compare/ox-extra-notignore) and use notignore-headlines with :notignore: tag instead of ignore-headlines with :ignore: tag.

  • This works -- thanks! -- but it would be best if the :notignore: tag were invisible in the exported document.
    – Toothrot
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:40
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    If you do not need tags in exported files, you can use #+OPTIONS: tags:nil, but it works for every possible tag.
    – artscan
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:48

As of https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/52460/how-can-numbering-of-specific-headings-be-disabled-in-org-modes-latex-export, you can set the property UNNUMBERED: t to translate a specific section to section* instead of section:

* numbered
** subnumbered
* unnumbered

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