How should I get a proper numbered header \subsubsubsection{The Header} instead of a numbered paragraph \paragraph{The Header} when exporting to LaTeX with header levels of more than 3?

Having this in my preamble:

% Set default Counter Depth 

And this in my Org file:

#+OPTIONS: H:5 num:t

Produces numbered paragraphs instead of proper headings at the fourth level and above.

The answer given over here did not solve the problem.

Sample Data:


* Section
some text
** Subsection
some text
*** Subsubsection
some text
**** Subsubsubsection
some text

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  • 1
    Standard LaTeX stops at subsubsection. Are you using a package that defines more sectioning?
    – Dan
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 12:43
  • I am using titlesec to create more sectioning. (Max. 5 levels)
    – Sati
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 13:22

1 Answer 1


After some research, here is my solution to the problem.

Below is part of the org-latex-classes code:

\\usepackage{fontspec} % packages for title and section-heading font setting.

% Set Header and Numbering Depth

% Set formats for each heading level. 'sffamily' will point to the sans-serif font. In this case, 「楷體」.

% The `titlesec` package is used over here to make use of `\\paragraph` and `\\subparagraph` as headings. Up to five levels of headings can be implemented this way. 
% New line after heading. (`\\paragraph` and `\\subparagraph` would not automatically generate a new line after the heading text. )
\\titlespacing*{\\paragraph}{\\parindent}{3.25ex plus 1ex minus .2ex}{.75ex plus .1ex}

\\titlespacing*{\\subparagraph}{\\parindent}{3.25ex plus 1ex minus .2ex}{.75ex plus .1ex}

This lies right at the end of org-latex-classes to implement all 5 levels of subheadings:

         ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
         ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
         ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
         ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
         ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")
  • Thanks, from a newbie. In which class will each heading and subheading be formatted into? Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 10:50
  • The above code is for articles.
    – Sati
    Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 11:44

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