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Suppose I am writing a report (report class used) and I want some chapters before the TOC what should I do? How to number the chapters from after the TOC?

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    just use \chapter{} before \tableofcontents, what did you try? – David Carlisle Jul 26 '16 at 14:36
  • Are the pre-chapters numbered? Do they appear in the TOC? Does the numbering get reset as of the TOC? – Steven B. Segletes Jul 26 '16 at 14:36
  • I tried front matter back matter – Boltzee Jul 26 '16 at 14:37
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    use \chapter* for unnumerered ones (or switch to book class and use \frontmatter \chapter ... \tableofcontents \manmatter \chapter... (that being the main difference between report and book) – David Carlisle Jul 26 '16 at 14:43
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    not that you mentioned that in the question.... you can use \addtocontents to add the entries or as I say, use \frontmatter in book class, which makes unnumbered chapters in the toc by default – David Carlisle Jul 26 '16 at 14:49
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\documentclass{book}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\chapter{intro}
something

\chapter{acknowledgements}
somebody

\tableofcontents

\mainmatter

\chapter{start here}
the real stuff

\chapter{more stuff}
\ldots

\end{document}

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