In a previous question, TKO successfully formatted memoir \frontmatter \chapters (in this case Foreword and Abstract) differently to \mainmatter items in a \tableofcontents:

\documentclass{memoir}

\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{4pt}
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\itshape}

\cftinsertcode{SPECIALTOC}{%
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\bfseries}%
\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{16pt}%
}
\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\chapter*{Foreword}
\chapter*{Abstract}

\cftinserthook{toc}{SPECIALTOC}

\chapter{Chapter One}
\section{Section One One}
\section{Section One Two}

\chapter{Chapter Two}
\section{Section Two One}

\chapter{Chapter Three}
\section{Section Three One}
\section{Section Three Two}
\section{Section Three Three}

\end{document}


But how can we apply this to other \frontmatter items (such as \tableofcontents, \listoffigures or \listoftables) and to \backmatter items (such as \printpagenotes, \printbibliography or \printindex)?

\documentclass{memoir}

\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{4pt}
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\itshape}

\cftinsertcode{SPECIALTOC}{%
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\bfseries}%
\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{16pt}%
}
\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\frontmatter
\tableofcontents % apply to this toc entry
\listoffigures % apply to this toc entry
\listoftables % apply to this toc entry
\chapter*{Foreword} % apply to this toc entry
\chapter*{Abstract} % apply to this toc entry

\cftinserthook{toc}{SPECIALTOC}

\mainmatter
\chapter{Chapter One}
\section{Section One One}
\section{Section One Two}

\chapter{Chapter Two}
\section{Section Two One}

\chapter{Chapter Three}
\section{Section Three One}
\section{Section Three Two}
\section{Section Three Three}

\backmatter
\printpagenotes % apply to this toc entry
\printbibliography % apply to this toc entry
\printindex % apply to this toc entry

\end{document}

• There are some issues with your sample doc. Under \frontmatter there is no need for the \chapter* + \addcontentsline combo, as that it de default for \chapter under \frontmatter. You just need more \cftinserthook{toc}{NAME}'s have a look in the .toc file then you'll have a better idea of what it is doing. Also, are you sure you want the toc in the toc? I'd just use \tableofcontents* – daleif Mar 31 at 11:10
• Very true, thanks @daleif. The combo slipped my mind when copying in TKO's original MWE. I have now incorporated your comments in my answer below. – TeXomat Mar 31 at 11:39

Turns out you just have to define another hook for \backmatter:

\documentclass{memoir}

\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{4pt}
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\itshape}
\cftinsertcode{mainmattertoc}{%
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\normalsize\normalfont}%
\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{8pt}%
}
\cftinsertcode{backmattertoc}{%
\renewcommand*{\cftchapterfont}{\itshape}%
\setlength{\cftbeforechapterskip}{4pt}
}
\begin{document}

\frontmatter
\listoffigures % apply to this toc entry
\listoftables % apply to this toc entry
\chapter{Foreword} % apply to this toc entry
\chapter{Abstract} % apply to this toc entry

\cftinserthook{toc}{mainmattertoc}

\mainmatter
\chapter{Chapter One}
\chapter{Chapter Two}
\chapter{Chapter Three}

\cftinserthook{toc}{backmattertoc}

\backmatter
\printpagenotes % apply to this toc entry
\printbibliography % apply to this toc entry
\printindex % apply to this toc entry

\end{document}

• BTW: I hardly ever use the \backmatter command, I see no need to disable numbering once again. But wanting to change the things you want to change there is quite common – daleif Mar 31 at 11:41