When using \tableofcontents my TOC gets generated like this: Table of Contents

Why does the word Contents appear twice and what is the easiest way of changing it to only show the header and not the big heading. How can I change the actual word to something like "Table of Contents", and also switch it to a different font like Times New Roman? I am using \documentclass[paper=a5,pagesize=pdftex]{scrbook} in this instance and the current font seems to be associated with that.

Although when using


it comes out like this:

ToC 2

Which looks a little better around the contents, but still with the main heading and header in the same fashion.

3 Answers 3




to decrease the font size and change the font family/series for all chapter/section headings consistently. To adjust the content of the chapter heading preceding the table of contents, redefine \contentsname, e.g.:

\renewcommand*{\contentsname}{Table of Contents}

By default, the first page of a chapter (and hence of the table of contents) does not include a running headline. I don't know why you get one. Ensure that you haven't put a


after \tableofcontents. Moreover, check that you haven't redefined \chapterpagestyle as


You can change the title of the table of contents following the instructions here: https://texfaq.org/FAQ-fixnam

You can probably also change the font that way, but that is not recommended as according to the LaTeX philosophy the font should be determined via your document class consistently for section titles throughout the document. (As far as I know, scrbook is part of KOMA-Script - its documentation will probably contain some pointers on customising fonts etc.)

Regarding your first question - are you sure the first, smaller "Contents" isn't a header line for the page (i.e. not generated by \tableofcontents)?

  • Thanks Dan. The smaller Contents dropped away when I removed \usepackage{tocloft} from the preamble. Although I would rather want to keep the smaller friendlier header and get rid of the ugly big bold heading.
    – McGafter
    Aug 26, 2011 at 12:22
  • Have a look at "Options for Font Selection" and "Options Affecting the Table of Contents" in the KOMA-Script manual - does that not allow you to do what you want?
    – Dan
    Aug 26, 2011 at 12:35
  • The following produce a nicer look: \renewcommand{\contentsname}{Table of Contents} \renewcommand*\cfttoctitlefont{\Large\hfill\MakeUppercase} \renewcommand*\cftaftertoctitle{\hfill}
    – McGafter
    Aug 26, 2011 at 12:47
  • I found this in the KOMA-Script manual. \setkomafont{captionlabel}{\usekomafont{←􏰀 descriptionlabel}} But it is not clear to me how to actually change the font for the TOC heading.
    – McGafter
    Aug 26, 2011 at 12:48
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    I don't use KOMA-Script myself, so I can't help you with the details. However, a quick look suggests the font size selection for headers is described in manual section 3.1.4 and the actual font selection is in section 3.2.1 and 3.6.2. The latter seems to discuss pretty much what you want. (Another possibility would be to use a different document class, considering the small page size.)
    – Dan
    Aug 26, 2011 at 12:57

I think the answer can be found in tocloft package -- http://www.ctex.org/documents/packages/contents/tocloft.pdf

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  • tocloft is designed to work with the standard classes. Hence, it does not work well with KOMA.
    – Johannes_B
    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:59

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