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Eliminate TOC title heading?

Engaged ,
Oct 14, 2021 Oct 14, 2021

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Does anyone have a technique for creating/updating a TOC without the title? (Let's say I prefer to use an external or art heading and not the auto-generated or embedded one, and I don't want to manually delete it each time.)

 

The only solution I've found is to leave the Title field blank and assign it to a null (non-printing) style. (Even at that, I often have TOC setups fail to retain the Title style setting, with it reverting to [No Paragraph Style] on each update.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 15, 2021 Oct 15, 2021

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A part from what you have already come up with - no I don't think it is possible.

 

One way to do it would be to scrap the TOC method and build your TOC using Cross References.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axvBxL4AfXU&ab_channel=Nukefactory

 

 

How to use cross-references in Adobe InDesign to automatically number, and keep up-to-date, your contents page.

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Thanks, it's not worth nearly that much trouble. 🙂

My goal was finding a way to put the Contents head in the main text flow as the anchor for the actual TOC, for a tidy way to apply conditional text and drop the TOC (for a print destination) out from an EPUB destination. Using a superflous paragraph as anchor has its own issues, and anchoring to a prior paragraph can create a mess when the conditional is flipped in and out.

 

But the blank field and assigning it to a null style (1pt/1pt leading) works fine.

 

I also discovered why I was having trouble saving the TOC 'style' (a misleading term, really)... I had an ampersand in the style name and ID quietly fails to save such names.

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