I am using the starred version of \chapter and \section to avoid the numbering of chapter and section. To have the title of chapters in ToC I use \addcontentsline{toc}{<xxx>}.

This results in no dots between title of chapter and page number in the ToC.

How do I get the dots back in the line?

  • You should use \setcounter{secnumdepth}{-1} instead of \chapter* and \section* all over. In this way you'll need no explicit \addcontentsline.
    – egreg
    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:17

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The default layout of the ToC for chapters (starred or not) under memoir is to have no dots. This is set internally by


If you want dots, it's best to set it to match that of the sectional unit dots, which is the same as \cftdotsep. As such, using

\renewcommand{\cftchapterdotsep}{\cftdotsep}% Chapters should use dots in ToC


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\renewcommand{\cftchapterdotsep}{\cftdotsep}% Chapters should use dots in ToC
\chapter{A chapter}
\chapter*{A starred chapter}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{\protect\numberline{}A starred chapter}
\section{A section}
  • However, in your screenshot there aren't dots for the last level of headings for an entry. How to fix that? Jan 1, 2016 at 4:30
  • @Zelphir: What do you mean by "last level"?
    – Werner
    Jan 1, 2016 at 9:45
  • For example there is the following: 1 A chapter instead of 1. A chapter For me this sounds wrong. I don't know how it is in English, but at least in German you'd rather say "First ... A chapter", so you'd use an ordinal number, instead of just a number. That's why I'd like to have a dot there. Also I think it's more logical: "The first chapter is A chapter" (in that order, reading from left to right) instead of "One chapter is A chapter." not including any indication that the number stands for a rank within the chapter hierarchy. Jan 1, 2016 at 12:54

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