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Disappearing elements after updating table of contents

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Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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Hi, I'm working on a file designed by my client (price list 210 pages), the wanted me to do the update. So I did all the modifications, and in the end I wanted to update the table of contents. I made sure I generated a TOC in a separate thread / text box, NOT replacing the existing one. The moment I clicked ok, on a big number of pages elements disappeared. On one page a text box, on another page a table. No logic. But in no way I can go back to my old, complete file. I seem to have lost at least half of my data in the book. Has anyone had a similar problem? It looks like a bug, is it known in the graphic community? If anyone can help, I would be most grateful (I tried everything, changing paragraph styles, change all possible settings, ...). Would re-install Indesign help? I'm a bit afraid to do so, to be honest. Thanks for any advice!

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Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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If the document already had a Table of Contents, why are you generating a new one? Why not just choose Layout > Update Table of Contents?

 

I've never seen a Table of Contents remove elements from a document like you describe. Did you configure a new Table of Contents setup or did you generate one from settings that existed in the Table of Contents dialog box.

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Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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You can have more than 1 toc oer doc.

 

I wrote an article on it before - can't find it now... ah well.

 

I too, have never seen TOC remove elements. Very strange. 

Can you share the file?

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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"I too, have never seen TOC remove elements. Very strange."

 

Hi Eugene,

do it like this in [2] followed by [3] below, something someone should never do:

 

[1] Add a new TOC to a document.

[2] Thread the text frame of that TOC to a different story's text frame.

[3] Update the TOC.

 

The contents of that story is gone.

Replaced with the contents the TOC function will still find in all the other stories.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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