# How to write a chapter before table of contents?

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?

• 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
• 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
• 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

\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}