I have a booklet that I recreate (with different information) each month. I have a master format set up-- but run into problems every time trying to get a TOC correct. I'm thinking that I haven't set it up correctly in the first place - it surely shouldn't be this difficult. Whereas I repeat this process each month, I want to get it right to save myself the headache in the future.
In a nutshell: I need a running section header (I have about 20 sections) where the first page will be noted in the TOC.
A booklet that contains about 20 different sections - most only 2 pages long.
I need the section title to show up on each page and the first page of the section to show up in the TOC.
What I have done that doesn't work well
Set up a master page with a 'section' marker
In the pages, I begin a new section where appropriate and in the 'section' dialog box I add the title for the new section
That all works great... until
I override the section title on the first page of each section - so that it will show up in the TOC - And that's where the trouble begins.
Problems I am having:
Some sections are showing up in the TOC on the wrong line (with the wrong page number)
some sections don't show up at all (they won't override even the override is checked)
Once I override - the section title is duplicated (there is a portion on top I can manipulate and one underneath that I can't. If I delete the one on top, the section no longer appears in the TOC)
I spend hours each month on this same problem!
Is there a better way to set this up in the first place? It doesn't seem logical that one should have to override each section in order to have something appear in the TOC
If not, what in the world am I doing wrong?
Let's start with which version of ID you use. Is it patched to the latest update?
Do you start "fresh" with each new edition, use a template, or recycle the previous addition by using "save As" and deleting old content?
Help > Updates... or download the latest patch from Adobe.com. CS5.5 is at version 7.5.3.
Recycling is not the best long term approach to making documents that update regularly. Godd as ID is, there is always the possibility of minor problems creeping into a file when you work, and they tend to accumulate over time until you have the straw that broke the camel's back.
Try exporting your file to .idml and resave as a new .indd and see if the TOC behaves any better (after you update to 7.5.3). See Remove minor corruption by exporting