On my List of Figures page, my figures go up to 4 digits, such as Figure 13.14.

This causes the figure list to be right up against the text, such as:

13.9 My figure
13.10My next figure

I need to change the width reserved for these numbers. I found this answer, but it seemed to only pertain to being able to change the class itself. I'd rather not screw around with the class file if I can at all help it.

Is there something I can do in my preamble to fix this problem?

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    If your document class is (based on) one of the standard ones, add to the preamble \makeatletter\newcommand*\l@figure{\@dottedtocline{1}{2.5em}{3em}}\makeatother Change the lengths according to your needs. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 1 '13 at 0:04
  • Sadly, this did not appear to work for me. I don't think the List of Figures deviates from a standard one (it's the ucthesis style which is fairly close to the standard ones), but nothing happened when this was added. – cflewis Jun 1 '13 at 0:08
  • Sorry: it should have been \renewcommand or \def; see my answer below. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 1 '13 at 0:18

ucthesis.cls uses \@dottedtocline to format the entries in the Lot and LoF and, in partular, it defines


so figure entries in the LoF are indented by 1.5em and the width reserved to typeset the figure number is 2.3em. To add a little more space, change 2.3em to a higher value in the preamble:





\setcounter{chapter}{10}% just for the example
\setcounter{figure}{10}% just for the example
\caption{A test figure}

\caption{Another test figure}


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  • Perfect! Not only does this work, but the values you chose are excellent. Thank you! – cflewis Jun 1 '13 at 1:03
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    This worked for me as well. If you have a few moments, could you explain why the command works or provide a link to some documentation that explains it. thanks! – G. Khanna Feb 6 '17 at 6:57

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