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I am trying to insert an abstract and acknowledgement page into my report. I want to suppress the (numbers in front of):

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgment

part by using \section*. But by doing so, it is removed from the ToC as well. Is there a way to maintain an entry in the ToC, while at the same time preventing this?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! – Peter Jansson Apr 2 '13 at 6:52
    
See also my answer to No section numbers, but still have PDF bookmarks with hyperref. There, the use of hyperref is optional and omitting it results in all unnumbered sections still appearing in the ToC. – cyberSingularity Apr 2 '13 at 9:38

Use

\section*{Section heading}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Section heading}

If you're using the report document class, then you should use

\chapter*{Chapter heading}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Chapter heading}
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