I am currently using the following template to write a thesis: https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/iit-bombay-unofficial-latex-ph-dot-d-thesis-template/fybkvhqjqqsf . I want to add an introduction and want the introduction to appear on the Contents page. I did this the following way: I created a chapter called Introduction, but I do not want the introduction to be numbered. In the chapter "Introduction" I coded:

\chapter*{Introduction}\doublespacing % Main chapter title

And in the file "main" I added the following code before the thesis chapters:


The problem with this is that Introduction is not appearing in the Contents page. How should I proceed to have a link to the Introduction in the Contents page?

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    Have you tried to remove the * from chapter? In its current form you are explicity writing to not to include the introduction chapter in the file of contents.
    – Jes
    Oct 29, 2023 at 13:02
  • Yes, but then the Introduction will be numbered. I want Introduction in the Contents page, but without a number. Otherwise, the 1st chapter of the thesis, will have the number 2.
    – MG Fern
    Oct 29, 2023 at 13:31

1 Answer 1


By using chapter*, you have to add manually the chapter to the table of contents. At least for me, this also fixed the number for the chapters (i.e., Chapter 1 starts with 1 not with 2). After declaring the chapter, you just need to write \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Introduction}.

Do note that, if your Introduction has sections, you must do the same for each section, so they do not appear in the TOC with the 0.X numbering.

What I got: enter image description here


\documentclass[12pt, a4paper, twoside, openright]{Thesis} % Paper size, default font size and one-sided paper

    \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Introduction} % Manuallz add chanter in table of contents
    \section*{Intro section}
    \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Intro section} % Manuallz add chanter in table of contents
    \chapter{Chapter one}
    \section{Ch1 section}
    \chapter{Chapter two}
    \section{Ch2 section}

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