Despite following many suggestions on the net, I have the following issue. I am using TeXnicCenter and MiKTeX. [I have posted the same on Latex Community Forum]. I have not used/tried the tocloft package yet. I am currently using the thesis2 class.

Objective: In my table of contents, I want a text "Chapter" without the dotted lines and the page number. Eg.,


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ................ ii

Abstract ........................ v


1 Introduction .................. 1

1.1 Network Design .............. 1

1.1.1 Steiner Tree Problems ..... 2


Trial-1: When I do \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{\protect Chapter}, it adds the required text (Chapter) to toc. But, the dotted lines and page number is present.

Trial-2: The same happens when I do \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{\protect \numberline{}Chapter}.

Q1) Also, I want only one-line spacing between "Chapter" and "1 Introduction". Currently, I get 2 line-spacing (like between Acknowledgments and Abstract). How do I get rid of that 2 line spacing and make it 1-line spacing?


2 Answers 2


Use \addtocontents instead of \addcontentsline, and add positive and negative vertical space as appropriate. (Note: I used the thesis2 class file available here.)








 \protect\noindent Chapter\protect\par


\section{Network design}

  • Lockstep - Many thanks for this neat solution. Really appreciate.
    – srinivas
    Apr 19, 2011 at 13:40
  • @srinivas: Please consider marking my answer as ‘Accepted’ by clicking on the tickmark below its vote count.
    – lockstep
    Apr 19, 2011 at 15:36
  • @lockstep Do you know how to do the reversed case? I want the dotted line after acknowledgements, abstract etc, but by default of tocloft they don't have the dotted leaders. Thanks. Jul 14, 2015 at 15:38

Here's an alternative solution based on the suggestions here. It's 'cleaner' in the sense that you don't set spacing and indentation explicitly:

This is the foo section.
This is the bar section.
This is the baz section.

It does not, however, address your wish regarding spacing. But I believe you should think about changing the spacing once for all chapter-level toc entries. For that, I think the tocloft package should be useful (documentation here).

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