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Table of contents file not taking book files into account

Mar 26, 2013 9:14 PM

Hi everyone,


I've used Indesign's book panel to manage the chapters in a book that I've typeset. I set up the table of contents style (in a TOC document which is part of the books panel) and made sure that it used all the book chapters when compiling the table of contents by checking the option in the TOC styles diaglogue box.


For some reason, the table of contents is ignoring all of the styles in the chapter files so it's not including anything in the table of contents other than a few headings that are within the file that contains the table of contents.


I'm noticing that Indesign is creating a whole lot of duplicate files with a string of numbers appended to the file name, eg.




These seem to duplicates of the chapter files but I have no idea why Indesign is creating them so I'm wondering whether I've got some corruption happening and whether this may be causing the problem with the table of contents.


Has anyone had a similar problem and if yes, is there any solution?


Really appreciate any advice.

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    Mar 27, 2013 3:05 AM   in reply to gwhPoster

    The first thing I would check is that all the styles are spelled the same across the documents. Style names are case-sensitive. Also, styles in groups are not the same as tyles outside groups.


    That said, I haven't needed to run a TOC from a book in some time, so I haven't tried it here in CS6 yet (you haven't mentioned your version). Be sure you are up to date on patches. It may help to export each of your chapter files to .idml, save new files and make a new .indb to hold them.

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    Apr 3, 2013 9:07 PM   in reply to Peter Spier



    I'm having the same problem as gwh. The TOC won't go beyond the first document. All my style names are the same. I don't have style groups.


    To make the book I began with one long document that included all the chapters. I broke it into chapters by copying and pasting into new .indd documents (each one created by Save As from the first) and adding all those documents to the book.


    Generating the TOC from the one long .indd document works perfectly. I just can't get it to generate from the book (.indb) doc.


    I have all the documents in the book open. I have the first one active (in front). I generate the TOC, and I get only the entries for the first document. Here's a screenshot of my TOC box. I must be missing something really simple, huh?  (I'm using CS5)


    Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 10.56.56 PM.png

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    Apr 4, 2013 3:49 AM   in reply to goshawk2

    It certainly sounds, and looks in the dialog, like everything is correct. Did you open the file through the book panel?

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