A professional indexer has done an index for my book. I have created a new index chapter, pasted and formatted the index into it's own chapter.

When I compile the book the ToC includes the Index with a chapter number e.g.

10 Last Chapter.....400
11 Index...............415

I want it to look like this:

10 Last Chapter.....400

That is with no chapter number.

Here is my MWE with some packages that my be pertinent:

\KOMAoptions{numbers=noendperiod} % get rid of last dot in eg Figure 3.1. 
\usepackage{natbib} % style bibliograprhy (citations)
\setlength{\cftsecnumwidth}{2.5em} % this adds a gap in 13.10 and 13.11
  • Without seeing inside the actual file, my guess is that in the index file, change from chapter{Index} to chapter*{Index} Commented May 26, 2013 at 2:16
  • Good idea but it removes the Index listing entirely from the TOC. The index.tex file has this code \chapter{Index} and then some formatting code, so it's very basic.
    – BruceMcG
    Commented May 26, 2013 at 2:22
  • 3
    Add \backmatter before \include{index}.
    – lockstep
    Commented May 26, 2013 at 2:25

3 Answers 3


As you're using the scrbook class (it would also work for, e.g., book or memoir), you may simply add \backmatter before \include{index}. This way, any following chapters won't be numbered, but will still be added to the ToC (and feature correct headers).


You can also do one of two things:

  • A general fix for adding chapters to ToC sans numbers: use \chapter*{index} then include the index title in the ToC while also allowing proper linking (e.g. if using hyperref package) by adding the below:
  • Add \usepackage{makeidx} and \makeindex in document preamble. Exchange \printindex for \include{index}. Then redefine the index environment like so:
%Redefine the index environment
    \columnseprule \z@
    \columnsep 35\p@
    \setlength{\parskip}{\z@ \@plus .3\p@}%
    \setlength{\parfillskip}{\z@ \@plus 1fil}%
  • You saved my day, because I have a very complicated Latex-Template and needed a solution for a simple glossary.
    – user7581
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 13:51

Since you're using a koma class (scrbook), you can just use the koma index class option. For example:

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: makeindex
% arara: pdflatex
% arara: pdflatex




Some text with a sample\index{sample} entry.


(Note that two extra LaTeX runs are required after the makeindex run to ensure the table of contents is up-to-date.)

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