I need to write a document which will contain a preliminary table of contents for a report that I need to write couple of months later.

For that, I need to provide the preliminary outline, the question is, how to create a ToC with arbitrary entries in it (not related to the document which is being written now)?

  • You can use \addcontentsline. For example, \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Appendix}
    – user11232
    Feb 1, 2015 at 13:40
  • can you show me a more extended example of how it works? excuse my n00bness Feb 1, 2015 at 14:07
  • You have to elaborate more on your use case. Where do you want the toc? Along with current document's toc or is it inside the body of the current document?
    – user11232
    Feb 1, 2015 at 14:43
  • inside the body of the current document, completely unrelated from the current toc Feb 1, 2015 at 15:17
  • 2
    Then you can simply use a list. i will post an example code shortly.
    – user11232
    Feb 1, 2015 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


You can use enumerate and to style it, use enumitem package.

    \item First chapter \dotfill 2
        \item First section \dotfill 3
        \item First sub section \dotfill 4
    \item Second chapter \dotfill 10
        \item First section \dotfill 12
        \item First sub section \dotfill 13

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More styling like adjusting the vertical separation etc can be done and left as an exercise. For details, refer enumitem manual.

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