Creating the TOC and List of Figures for a book takes 30 mins PER generation, no mater the number of documents. Why is this so slow?? (FM 2017)
Big book? Many pages? Lots of headings?
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I've found that opening all files in the book will speed up the process. With the book file active, hold down Shift as you select File > Open All Files in Book. Then create the TOC and List of FIgures.
I routinely open all the files in the book as well when doing book updates. I'm curious to see if the makes a difference for you. I haven't experienced any slow downs with book updates or making PDFs (which has been an issue in the past) in 2017.
Opening all the files significantly helped the load time.