# automatic generation of list of tables in book/report writing

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. –  lockstep Nov 1 '11 at 15:13
None of those elements are automatically generated by the book class without adding the appropriate \tableofcontents, \listoffigures and \listoftables. Have you done this? Are each of your tables inside \begin{table} ... \end{table} environments? –  Alan Munn Nov 1 '11 at 15:15
The first thing I would check is that \jobname.lot is being generated correctly- that's where the information for \listoftables is stored. –  cmhughes Nov 1 '11 at 15:15
Perhaps this discussion at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33193/… might be of interest in creating \listoffigures (or \listoftables) only when figure (or table) was used. –  Werner Nov 1 '11 at 16:19

Do check two things: First, has the \listoftables command (should be located in the vicinity of the \listoffigures command) either been deleted or commented out (possibly by accident)? Second, do you maybe have only unnumbered table environments? If so, they won't show up in the List-of-Tables section by default.

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The list of tables is generated by the command \listoftables; but like \listoffigures it's not really the list of tables: it lists all the \caption commands appearing inside table environments; so if you say

\begin{table}
\begin{tabular}{...}
...
\end{tabular}
\end{table}


nothing will appear in the list of tables.

One of the most diffuse prejudices is that a command \includegraphics can only appear inside a figure environments and often users confuse table with tabular.

\listoftables will not list tabular environments, but only those table environments that contain at least one \caption command (which might contain a tabular, but are not required to).

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