I use


and then I index a word as \index{word}. After \printindex in the Index it is appear as

word, 1

and I want it to appear as

word 1

But I don't know how to make it.

1 Answer 1


Prepare a file <main>.mst, where <main> stands for the name of your main TeX file, containing

delim_0 " "
delim_1 " "
delim_2 " "

and save it in the same folder containing your main file. For instance, if you have thesis.tex, you should name the new file as thesis.mst.

Then running makeindex will load the file and commas will be removed.

  • Thanks, and these operators, I mean delim_0, delim_1, delim_2 are just used by makeindex, or by anything else? Will it change other things in my doc?
    – user153012
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:21
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    They are used by makeindex, AFAIR they refer to the three possible indexing levels
    – daleif
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:22
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    @user153012 The .mst file is used just by makeindex.
    – egreg
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:23
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    Really thanks! I have one more question. I think this mst file doesn't know LaTeX codes, so, can I make a little bit more space there then one " " space?
    – user153012
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:27
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    @user153012 "\\hspace{2em}" or "\\qquad" will be accepted (escaping the backslash is sufficient).
    – egreg
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:45

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