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I am using the book documentclass and have a list of figures. After much trouble I noticed that there is a blank line to separate figures that are in different chapters, but not if they are within the same chapter. Since I changed the numbering of my figures to be {1, 2, 3, etc.} instead of {2.1, 2.2, 3.1, etc.} this looks silly and I'd rather have a blank line between each figure, no matter what.

How do I do that?


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In the book class there's an internal macro \@chapter that's adding the space by this line:


You could redefine this macro. Alternatively, you could disable \addvspace in the list of figures, for instance by


The effect should end with the list of figures, but of course you could group it to limit the scope.

If you disabled it you could use an environment or a declaration of the setspace package, to get more space between the lines of the list of figures. Or you just use \linespread locally:

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The redefinition of the macro does disable \addvspace ; however, I'd rather have the space between each figure. Do you think it's possible? –  Damien Aug 2 '10 at 19:31
Hi Damien, I've added linespread. That would increase the line spacing equally. Otherwise one could redefine \caption or \caption to add the desired space. –  Stefan Kottwitz Aug 3 '10 at 12:06
that's all I needed, thx again! –  Damien Aug 3 '10 at 19:33

Using the etoolbox package, you can patch this out of the code.

}{}{}{\message{Failed to patch \string\@chapter}}

For adding space between figures and tables, you can use the tocloft package.


This puts the same space between entries in the list of figures/tables as goes between chapters in the table of contents.

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If you happen to use a KOMA-Script class, simply add the listof=nochaptergap class option. (By default, KOMA-Script uses listof=chaptergapsmall which will produce an additional vertical space of 10 pt, equal to the behaviour of the standard classes.)



\caption{A figure}


\caption{Another figure}

\caption{And another one}


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