I am preparing my thesis using the apa6 document class. I'm using the tocloft package to format my Table of Contents and List of Figures. In the TOC, I can't figure out how to add space BELOW section headers that are followed by a subsection (required formatting of my University). I'm trying to make the space the same as observed for sections w/out any subsections.


% Preamble w/ Table of Contents formatting.
\renewcommand{\cftsecfont}{\normalfont}  % Make Section Headers Not bold in TOC
\renewcommand{\cftsecpagefont}{\normalfont} % Make Section Numbers Not bold in TOC
\renewcommand{\contentsname}{TABLE OF CONTENTS}   % W/out this command, it is not all capital letters.
\renewcommand{\cfttoctitlefont}{\hfill\normalfont} % Line 1/2 to center Heading
\renewcommand{\cftaftertoctitle}{\hfill}                       % Line 2/2 to center Heading
\renewcommand{\cftsecdotsep}{1}   % Line of Dots next to Section  {4.5 default}
\renewcommand{\cftsubsecdotsep}{1}  % Line of Dots next to Subsection
\renewcommand{\cftsecleader}{\normalfont\cftdotfill{\cftsecdotsep}} % Makes Dots for Sections not Bold in TOC

\setlength{\cftaftertoctitleskip}{36pt}  % Space after TOC Header
\setlength{\cftbeforesecskip}{10pt} % Space Between Sections
\setlength{\cftbeforesubsecskip}{-8pt} % Gets subsections close together

\renewcommand{\section}{\@startsection {section}{1}

\tocloftpagestyle{empty}  % No page numbers

\section{Section need added space below}
\subsection{Another Subsection}
\section{In TOC, this Section has correct spacing above \& below for required thesis format}
\section{Section need added space below}
\subsection{Another Subsection}

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! I can't compile this example
    – user31729
    Apr 14, 2015 at 20:46
  • Hmm...It compiles on TexShop Version 3.48.1 (3.48.1). Thoughts?
    – Edward
    Apr 14, 2015 at 20:59
  • Found a mistake and I've inserted \makeatother into the MWE.
    – Edward
    Apr 14, 2015 at 21:18
  • Your example does not compile. Note that 'It compiles...' means 'I tried exactly this code and it compiled without error'. You should check this before posting your code. Also, remove unnecessary packages - if they aren't required to show the issue, you don't need them.
    – cfr
    Apr 16, 2015 at 2:21
  • So I've simplified things by removing packages and options. In the preamble that remains, all text relates to the TOCs. The code does compile exactly as shown using TexShop Version 3.48.1. There are a couple "Undefined control sequence errors" that pop-up, but it's easy to just press enter to get the document to compile. My thoughts are that what I am hoping to achieve is tricky using "apa6" document class.
    – Edward
    Apr 22, 2015 at 18:27

1 Answer 1


You probably want what is described here: http://texblog.org/2013/07/16/how-to-add-extra-space-to-the-table-of-contents-list-of-figures-and-tables/

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