3 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2016 12:41 PM by deaftolight

    Difference Between Bookmarks with Page and Anchor Icons




      I use InDesign every year to update a large guide.  I've had to sort of teach myself how to use this software, but since I don't use it year-round, I forget things.  One of them has to do with my bookmarks.  I've noticed that all of my bookmarks have a page icon, but one has an anchor icon, like this:




      First of all, what is the difference between these?   And secondly, whenever I update the Table of Contents, that anchor moves from where I have it nested all the way to the top of the bookmarks, right underneath the Table of Contents, like so:


      Does anyone know why this is happening?  I think it has to do with the fact that this particular section isn't explicitly listed in the Table of Contents, but I do want to have a bookmark for it.  But I like to nest the bookmark in its proper position, which is displayed in the first image of this post.  Could anyone help me out with this?  Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Difference Between Bookmarks with Page and Anchor Icons
          Peter Kahrel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          The two symbols designate different destinations. The little anchor indicates that the destination is a text anchor, the page icon shows that the destination is a page.


          Why the anchor sorts the way it does when you update the table of contents isn't clear. It could be entirely random. Update the toc a number of times in quick succession without changing anything in the document. It's likely that the anchor turns up in a different spot every time you update the toc. That's the kind of behaviour I've seen a few times.



          • 2. Re: Difference Between Bookmarks with Page and Anchor Icons
            deaftolight Level 1

            Is there a way to change the text anchor into a page?  I really am just trying to have the bookmark go to that page, like the rest of them.


            The page icons are actually going to different sections depending on what page they are on. If a section ends up moving to page 302 for example, the bookmark will  know to point to 302.


            Also, that random behavior doesn't happen when I update the TOC in succession.  It always moves back to the same place, right under the Table of Contents page bookmark.

            • 3. Re: Difference Between Bookmarks with Page and Anchor Icons
              deaftolight Level 1

              I believe I figured it out.  First of all, most of the bookmarks were probably generated by the TOC itself.


              In terms of changing a text anchor bookmark to a page bookmark, I realized I had to get out of the text frame and just use the selection tool on the page, and then create a new bookmark.


              So I've done this, and now all my icons are pages in the bookmarks bar.  However, whenever I update the TOC, it still puts this bookmark immediately under TOC.  I think this behavior is because this particular bookmark (called Sweeps Dates) is not actually included in the TOC (on purpose).  I have it in a different style so that the TOC doesn't pick it up.  But I'm guessing since the TOC generates all the other bookmarks, it sorts those when updated, and then just puts this maually created "Sweeps Dates" bookmark underneath itself, at the top of the rest of the bookmarks.


              If this is a case, I don't know if there is a specific workaround to this situation.  It just might be one of those minor idiosyncrasies I will have to deal with.  It's not a big deal to have to move it whenever I update the TOC, and I am mainly just trying to enhance my understanding of InDesign by asking about this behavior.