I explain better what I meant in the title.

I have the table of contents showing as normal all chapters and sections that come after the table of contents itself..

Before it I have the abstract and the acknowledgements

How can I include them in the table of contents?

What I have is


\lhead[\fancyplain{}{\bfseries \thepage}]%
  {\fancyplain{}{\bfseries Table of contents}}
\rhead[\fancyplain{}{\bfseries Table of contents}]%
  {\fancyplain{}{\bfseries \thepage}}


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    Please complete to a minimal working example (MWE). The document class is important. Also use a sketch (minimal version) for the abstract and the acknowledgements sections. We do not have the files Acknowledgements.tex and Abstact.tex. Nov 1 '16 at 16:26

Assuming that your document class is 'book':


\usepackage{lipsum}   % get some filler text
\usepackage{emptypage}% strip headers and numbers from otherwise empty pages


\frontmatter          % switch off chapter numbering, use roman page nums






\mainmatter  % switch on chapter numbering, use arabic page numbers

\chapter{Another day in paradise}


\backmatter   % for index, bibliography, appendix


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    Thank you very much, I was using chapter* to avoid numbering in acknowledgements and abstract, I didn't know the \frontmatter command Nov 1 '16 at 16:26
  • Yes, \frontmatter doesn't get the attention it deserves. I have struggled with this in the past as well. Nov 1 '16 at 16:58

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