I'm writing my thesis. I would like to insert the acknowledgments after the frontispiece and before the table of contents.

I write




But the problem is that it appear in the table of contents and I don't want it. How can I do to exclude this chapter from the table of contents?

  • Add \clear(double)page before \printindex?
    – Bernard
    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:35
  • @Bernard I don't use the command \printindex but only \tableofcontents...
    – andreasvr
    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:37
  • Do you mean the “table of contents”? In the standard classes, \chapter*{...} does not insert an entry in the table of contents, so an example is needed. What document class are you using?
    – egreg
    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:48
  • @Bernard Yes I mean table of contents. I'm using "amsbook" and I would like to write the acknowledgments before it. My problem is that this appear in t.o.c. and i don't know how to hide it. I try to follow this post tex.stackexchange.com/questions/20543/… but it doesn't work..
    – andreasvr
    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:53
  • @andreassvr: Initially, I read ‘the index’, whence my suggestion. Seemed weird, though. I don't know the details of amsbook, but try, before the acknowledgments, \setcounter{tocnumdepth}{-1}, and put the whole in a group.
    – Bernard
    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:00

1 Answer 1


Indeed, the amsbook class defines \chapter* in such a way that an entry is added to the ToC. You need to define a special command “by hand”:







Thanks to everybody!

Introductory text.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob.


Edit: I’ve noticed that you want the empty page style on the acknowledgment page, so I’ve updated the above code accordingly.

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