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I am using the tocloft package for my thesis and my university requires doublespacing before and after the chapter titles in the ToC, but only if the chapter has sections.

I am thinking that I will require some way to detect if the chapter has sections, or add a newline before the first section in each chapter. Can somebody suggest a way to achieve this?

  • Welcome to TeX.sx! Am I correct that there should be additional vertical space before/after chapter titles in the table of contents? (You added the tocloft tag, but did not mention the ToC in your actual question.)
    – lockstep
    Nov 11, 2011 at 19:10
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    Nov 11, 2011 at 19:11
  • Thanks lockstep! There should be additional space after the chapter title if the chapter has sections within it. The section titles themselves are single spaced. I have \setlength{\cftbeforechapskip}{\baselineskip} but this only helps me in adding space before section titles. Nov 11, 2011 at 19:26

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If I understood your question, you can use the etoolbox package to hook to the \section command to add a vertical spacing in the ToC if the section counter is one:





\chapter{A chapter with sections}
\section{Section one one}
\section{Section one two}
\chapter{A chapter without sections}
\chapter{Another chapter with sections}
\section{Section one one}
\section{Section one two}


enter image description here

  • @Nikhil Gupta: Hmm... now that I see my answer, this surely is not what you need, or is it? Nov 11, 2011 at 19:31
  • However, the correct code is ` \preto\section{% \ifnum\value{section}=1\addtocontents{toc}{\vskip10pt}\fi }` Nov 11, 2011 at 19:59
  • @NikhilGupta: are you sure? If so, then I didn't fully understand your question. Nov 11, 2011 at 20:01
  • In the version that you composed, you were adding extra space in the else condition so it would add space before all sections except the first. That's the only modification I made. Nov 11, 2011 at 20:05
  • @NikhilGupta: maybe I am misunderstanding you, but the code I posted produces the result illustrated in the attached image; i.e., extra space before the first section. Nov 11, 2011 at 20:09

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