include contents as part of text flow

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May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

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I have created a table of contents. but i have to create it as a seperate text box.

I then copy and paste the contents into the main text flow.

Is there any way i can include it in the main text flow?

 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 25, 2022 May 25, 2022
Hi Summayah5FC7, there is a script written by Timothy Ariel Walden to break the text flow. That script is pre-installed with your InDesign 2022. Open the Scripts panel. In the Scripts panel open the Community folder. Select the frame you want to break. Double click on BreakTextThread.jsx This dialog will come up: More details on this script: Break Text Thread: A Free InDesign Script by Ariel, January 28, 2020 https://www.id-extras.com/break-text-thread/ Important: If you ever create a...

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I'm curious why you feel you must put the TOC in the main flow. That has the potential to cause trouble down the line when you need to update it.

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how do i unlink the current pages with have the TOC in them

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If i break the frame, it seems to link with the next frame

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Don't copy/paste it into the main text flow in the first place. Leave it in the separate frame in which you created it.

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I'd also be curious about the 'why' of this need. For print, it should make no difference and ID is structured to maintain the TOC in a separate frame for updates and other reasons.

 

If it's for export to another format, such as EPUB, there are other techniques to include it without moving it to the main text flow.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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Hi Summayah5FC7,

there is a script written by Timothy Ariel Walden to break the text flow.

That script is pre-installed with your InDesign 2022.

 

Open the Scripts panel.

In the Scripts panel open the Community folder.

 

Select the frame you want to break.

Double click on BreakTextThread.jsx

 

This dialog will come up:

BreakTextThread.jsx-DIALOG.PNG

 

More details on this script:

Break Text Thread: A Free InDesign Script
by Ariel, January 28, 2020
https://www.id-extras.com/break-text-thread/

 

Important:

If you ever create a TOC with InDesign's TOC functions, never thread the TOC's text frame to the main thread of your text or to a different story.

 

Why? If you update the TOC InDesign will:

[1] Remove all text that is in the TOC's story

[2] Updates the TOC's contents

 

Result: An empty frame,

if all the TOC's contents is assembled from paragraphs of your main story that now is empty per step 1 in this 2-step process.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Professional )

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