# Why is the table of contents positioned to the right by default?

My question concerns the positioning of the table of contents in the turabian-thesis document class.

Typing this MWE...

\documentclass{turabian-thesis}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\setcounter{tocdepth}{3}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\newpage

\tableofcontents

\newpage

\section{First section}
\lipsum[1-7]

\subsection{First subsection}
\lipsum[8-12]

\subsection{First subsection}
\lipsum[13-20]

\section{Second section}
\lipsum[21-44]

\end{document}


...produces this table of contents page (though I manually added a black border into the screenshot for purposes of perspective):

Question: In the turabian-thesis document class, there is a large margin to the left of the table of contents. Why is this happening? And how can I reduce the size of the already-large left margin? Specifically, I want my TOC to have a 1-inch margin from the left and top, so that it can look like all the other TOCs out there.

• The top level entries in this style are chapters not sections, what you are seeing is the indentation of sections under (missing) chapter headings. Incidentally, you do not need the \newpage commands and the you are missing \mainmatter before the main body of the document, after the \tableofcontents. – Andrew Swann Jan 31 '17 at 8:16

I have changed a bit your source and I hope you understand what you have asked. I hope that it works well.

\documentclass{turabian-thesis}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{
inner=37.125mm,
outer=33.4125mm,
top=37.125mm,
bottom=37.125mm,
heightrounded,
marginparwidth=51pt,
marginparsep=17pt,
}
\usepackage{tocloft}
\renewcommand{\cfttoctitlefont}{\Large\bfseries}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\setcounter{tocdepth}{3}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\newpage

\tableofcontents

\newpage

\section{First section}
\lipsum[1-7]

\subsection{First subsection}
\lipsum[8-12]

\subsection{First subsection}
\lipsum[13-20]

\section{Second section}
\lipsum[21-44]

\end{document}

• If you change the tocdepth counter, you should probably adjust the secnumdepth counter as well. – Mico Jan 31 '17 at 10:57
• @Mico, Dear you are automatically authorized to modify my source if you found some parts to fix. Thank you so much for your assistance. – Sebastiano Jan 31 '17 at 17:49