Generate a table of contents in LaTeX

LaTeX offers features to automatically generate a table of contents, a list of figures and a list of tables. Learn here how to use them.

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Generating a table of contents can be done with a few simple commands. LaTeX will use the section headings to create the table of contents and there are commands to create a list of figures and a list of tables as well. I will give a small example code to create a table of contents first:





Dummy text


Dummy text


After compiling the .tex file two times, you will get the following table of contents:

Table of Contents 1

The generation of a list of figures and tables works the same way. I added a dummy figure and table and put the lists in the appendix of my document:

  \caption{Dummy figure}

  \caption{Dummy table}


After compiling two times again, the lists will be generated like this:

Table of Contents 2


  • Autogenerate a table of content using \tableofcontents
  • Create lists of your figures and tables with \listoffigures and \listoftables
  • Always compile twice to see the changes

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