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How to remove a chpater and update the document

New Here ,
Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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I'm just learning to use the program, so the question may be very trivial: I have a document created (not by me) that includes a table of contents, 8 chapters, several paragraphs and 68 pages.
I need to create an identical document, but with one less chapter (so 7 chapters). Once the pages of this chapter are removed I would like the table of contents, number of paragraphs and pages to update consistently, but I can't.

 

The procedure I am following (without success) is this:

1)In the Pages Window, I select all the pages of the section i want to remove

2)Right mouse button on the selected: delete pages

3)The chapter name updates succesfully (i.e. once i remove Chapter 4, i see the title of the Chpater 5 taking its place)

4)The pages remain unchanged: all the content of the pages i have remove (Chapter 4, in our example) are still there even if I had asked the program to delete them (In step 2)

 

Can you tell me how I can do this?

Thanks in advance

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I have not specified the most important thing: I am referring to Adobe InDesign!

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the InDesign forum so that proper help can be offered.

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I think we need to see the actual file to know for sure, but it sounds like all of the text is threaded together in one story so removing pages only causes the text to reflow .

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Hi @defaultmztfdfnxp13f:

 

Working with a copy of the original file, try highlighting the text for the chapter that you want to remove.

 

With the Type tool, click an insertion point at the beginning of the chapter title, then navigate to the end of the chapter (without clicking your mouse on the text) and Shift+click at the end of the same chapter. This will highlight all of the text in the threaded frames in between the click and the Shift+click. Press Delete or Backspace. That should remove the chapter and content close up the space. 

 

Then return to the TOC and update it. 

 

~Barb 

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