I use a document class that is based on amsbook class for my thesis and at the same time I want to stylize the list of figures and tables with tocloft. But apparently these two are have conflicts. A simple code as:



gives such error:

Chapter 1
! Missing } inserted.
<inserted text>
l.6 \chapter{test}
I've inserted something that you may have forgotten.
(See the <inserted text> above.)
With luck, this will get me unwedged. But if you
really didn't forget anything, try typing `2' now; then
my insertion and my current dilemma will both disappear.
! Too many }'s.
\l@chapter ...nt #1}\nobreak \cftchapfillnum {#2}}
l.6 \chapter{test}
You've closed more groups than you opened.
Such booboos are generally harmless, so keep going.
(./test.aux) )

The only solution I found was here which doesn't work for me. Anyone has any idea how to solve this conflict?

Thank you.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Sorry, but tocloft is definitely incompatible with amsbook. – egreg Feb 12 '16 at 15:52
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    Remember amsbook is written for preparing manuscripts for the AMS and is not meant to be modified. – daleif Feb 12 '16 at 16:26
  • depending on exactly what you want to do in your lists of figures and tables, the answer to this question may be of help. Editing the toc page with amsbook document class. there is definitely an imcompatibility between amsbook and tocloft which is not readily resolved (or even thoroughly diagnosed). since, as has been pointed out, amsbook is styled for ams publications, a resolution for use with tocloft is not of high priority. – barbara beeton May 8 '16 at 17:33

I'm afraid tocloft is not compatible with the AMS classes. There is no way you can use it with amsbook.


I use as well amsbook. Since I have a lot of figures in a lot of chapters the figure number overlaps with the figure caption. An easy solution to that was to start each caption with \quad.


\caption{\quad Negative example for question xxx}

This solution is not sophisticated but it works.


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