I am using document class amsbook.

I create the table of contents via:

Blah blah
\SkipTocEntry\chapter*{Table of Contents}

The \SkipTocEntry command causes the following chapter heading to be omitted from the table of contents.

The table of contents is printed but it is followed by a line:


I have a similar problem with the list of figures.

How do I get rid of the "Contents" line in the table of contents"

Here's what I've tried, this time showing the preceeding chapter, which is the abstract

Try #1:

Blah blah

On try #1, I don't get a header for the table of contents and a line with "Contents" still appears after the table of contents.

Try #2:

\renewcommand{\contentsname}{Table of Contents}

I still get a line with "Contents" after the table of contents.

In both try #1 and try #2, the chapter heading "Abstract" appears at the top of the page.

Any ideas? I want a chapter heading "Table of Contents" and I want to git rid of the "Contents" line after the table of contents. My code is the original code block at the top of this post.

  • 2
    \tableofcontents already makes a chapter head so you are making two chapters, Just remove \chapter*(Table of Contents} Nov 23, 2014 at 23:53
  • I tried this, but it didn't work. See the revised question for what happened.
    – Roy
    Dec 7, 2014 at 15:45
  • Don't post fragments post documents that demonstrate the problem, but you should not have \chaper* before the \tableofcontents As I said in the first comment simply remove that command. Dec 7, 2014 at 18:51

1 Answer 1


It seems that you want a custom chapter name for Table of Contents. So in addition to omitting

\chapter*{Table of Contents}

add this:

\renewcommand{\contentsname}{Table of Contents}

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