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How to hide ToC in the body of an ebook?

Jun 23, 2013 9:26 PM

Tags: #toc #table_of_contents #indesign #hidden #toc_styles

Hey folks, I have kind of a weird query. Keep in mind that everything I know about InDesign I've taught myself over the past month, so I may be missing somethng major.

 

As part of an internship I'm creating ebooks, and have to make sure the ones I create look the same as ebooks previously created for my employer (better yet, I've had to do so from scratch!). In their previous ebooks (EPUB file format) the table of contents displayed by the ereader makes it clear a specific TOC style was used to create it (it has headings and subheadings, so it's not just the default style that pulls from file names) BUT there is NO table of contents anywhere within the body of the ebook itself. There's also no blank page where a TOC might be hidden with a hidden layer. 

 

I've created a TOC style to match theirs, but I can't get it to show up in the TOC Styles dropdown menu when I go to export the Book file to EPUB unless the TOC document is also included in the Book file, and as I said, I can't have the TOC in the body of the ebook itself, just in the menu displayed by an ereader.

 

Any advice?

 
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    Jun 23, 2013 9:52 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    For the TOC in the reader you need the TOC in Document. If you want to have it in the epub itself, create another one based on cross references.

     
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    Jun 23, 2013 10:41 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    Did you use Table of contents style dialog to create a new TOC style? If yes, then the new TOC style should appear in the dropdown list when TOC Style is selected in Navigation in EPUB Export options dialog.

     

    Regards,

    Pooja

     
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    Jun 24, 2013 12:41 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    Not sure if the same applies to ePub, but for Kindle (mobi file), you don't actually need to have the TOC in your book in order for it to show in the ebook. Once it's generated, it's part of the document as far as I understand. I have an eBook that doesn't show a TOC in the book but it shows in the eBook.

     
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    Jun 24, 2013 3:33 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    In your original post, you say: "I've created a TOC style to match theirs". Do you mean, you did it manually? My observation above applies when you have generated the TOC within ID from Layout/Table of Contents. Is that what you did?

     
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    Jun 24, 2013 5:14 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    You did it from Layout/Table of Contents Styles/New?

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 7:58 AM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    Um, I don't know why it doesn't show up in the export menu. I guess you gave it a name, right? Have you tried exporting the ePub anyway? How does the TOC look?

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 8:28 AM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    It sounds like you created the TOC style correctly.

     

    Have you tried the usual troubleshooting? (1) Restoring your preferences. (2) Saving as IDML to eliminate corruption problems.

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:03 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    Can you post a screenshot of your Layout/Table of Contents?

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:33 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    So, in your EPUB Export Options/TOC Style you don't see NANO TOC listed?

     
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    Jun 25, 2013 5:00 PM   in reply to haley_e_2013

    One last try before you do what Steve suggested above. What happens when you click Save Style in the Table of Contents screen?

     
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