The issue is my formatting is set up in a way to state "Chapter [#]: [Section Title]", however because I do not want my abstract, table of contents, etc, to be "Chapter 1: Abstract", I used \section*{Abstract}. The issue with this is now the Abstract won't show up in my table of contents.

Is there any command I can use to just add the abstract (and other \section*{}'s) to my table of contents without removing the *?

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    One of the most often asked questions ;-) \section*{foo}\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{foo} or use a specialized package for this – user31729 Oct 12 '15 at 20:48
  • Thanks! Guess I didn't google deep enough. Worked like a charm! – Conor Oct 12 '15 at 20:50
  • Alright -- if you have more than just a few \section* this will become tedious however – user31729 Oct 12 '15 at 20:52
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    If you are issuing frontmatter, then sections are not numbered and their titles will appear in the toc – daleif Oct 12 '15 at 20:53
  • @daleif: That's true for memoir, but not for book etc. – user31729 Oct 12 '15 at 20:59

Assuming that you use report or book, you can set \setcounter{secnumdepth}{-1} so that no chapters, sections, etc are numbered, but they are included in toc. If you want roman page numbering too, add \pagenumbering{roman} additionally.

  %\frontmatter                  % for book class only
  %\setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}   % for book class only

  \section{some section}

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When you are done, you have to restore numbering by issuing, \setcounter{secnumdepth}{3} say. From that point onwards the numbers come back up to subsubsection. For the levels here is a screen shot from memoir manual

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(Ignore \book if not using memoir).

Or use memoir that has many built in facilities.


The usual way to add something to the ToC is to use -- attention -- \addcontentsline ;-)

Depending on the desired indentation in the ToC, use either




If an 'outstanding' abstract should be typeset with a \section* or \chapter* structuring unit, it might look better to use chapter formatting for the ToC instead of the indented section usage.





\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{\abstractname} % Or use \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{\abstractname} for section indentation in ToC!

\chapter{Real chapter}


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