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Maybe someone can help me with these:

I have three things I'm trying to finish off for my thesis with the formatting.

The first is the page numbering - I've been asked to use arial (helvet in my case) but I notice that while the entire document changes to the new format with no problem, the page numbers stay as the original LaTeX format. Would anyone have a suggestion of how to get these into ?

The second is to do with the list of abbreviations. I just can't get it to work. I've tried the nomencl package, the glossary package and the acronym package. In fairness, I got the acronym package to work but it's not ideal as it doesn't put them in alphabetical order. Also, it doesn't suit the format I have for the list of figures/tables.

The nomencl package seems to be what I need/give the results I want but in all the examples I read they say something like "makeindex file.glo -s nomencl.ist -o file.gls" or something to that extent. I use TeXworks so I have the option to make the index separately but I get an error that "Can't find Thesis Report Gl.idx". To be honest I'm totally lost with it.

Thirdly, the format I have to use requires that the TOC is left justified with the chapter headings bold and the sub-headings as standard with no indent. So far I've not been able to find a way around that. Any examples online just don't suit.

I'll give an idea of what the preamble is so far:



\usepackage [top=2.5cm,bottom=2.5cm,left=3.0cm,right=2.0cm]{geometry}
\definecolor{grey}{RGB}{187,187,187} %For titlepage
\definecolor{lightgrey}{RGB}{220,220,220} %For titlepage
\definecolor{lightgreen}{RGB}{96,176,80} %For titlepage
\usepackage{textpos} %Image position on title page


\usepackage{hyperref} % makes things clickable
\usepackage[square]{natbib} %"square" gives square brackets around the citation
\lhead{Capacity Analysis of}




In the main body there's nothing too unusual. Tables, figures, equations, a few tikzpictures, citations. The usual basically.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Turning your code snippet into a proper minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem will make it much easier for us to reproduce your situation. – lockstep Dec 12 '12 at 22:57
Regarding nomencl: why don't you run makeindex from the command line? That should work in any case. – clemens Dec 13 '12 at 11:29

To turn the page numbers to 9pt Helvetica, centered at the bottom, put


in your preamble.

To use the nomencl package, put a


into your preamble, this should give you the desired GI.idx file once you TeXed your document, and you can proceed by calling makeindex on it, just as you described. I also used the package glossaries, which can handle multiple glossaries.

For changing the appearance of the ToC, I recommend the tocloft package. To make chapter titles bold, you can then issue


To change the indention of the section titles, do


More details are in the documentation of tocloft.

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There's no \makeindex needed. The \makenomenclature mentioned in the manual should suffice. – clemens Dec 13 '12 at 11:52
@cgnieder thanks, fixed. – mafp Dec 13 '12 at 12:01

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