Re-flowing multiple page Table of Contents

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Nov 01, 2021 Nov 01, 2021

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Hello,

Do you have to manually reflow the Table of Contents or can it flow automatically as it is inserted?

When I add my multi-page TOC it is created in a text frame over the existing content, which is auto-flowed via Primary Text Frames. If this is expected behaviour, is the workflow to switch off the "Delete Empty Pages" preference and then insert extra pages to cover the number of TOC pages resulting and manually flow them?

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Typically I'd have a Parent Page (formerly called Master Page) and this would be page template I'd use for inserting the TOC.

 

But 'yes' to everything else you just mentioned.

 

I rarely have Smart Text Reflow turned on - as it doesn't suit my workflow.

 

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Auto-text flow is limited to the Primary Text Frame by default. You usually don't place the TOC in the primary text frame. 

 

Try deselecting the "Limit to Primary Text Frames" option and be sure "End of Story" is selected. Be careful that this doesn't affect other areas of your layout.

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This. If you are working with a generated TOC in a work that's still under development, all the autoflow setup in the world won't keep a new page from causing at least a little disruption downstream.

 

In the (fairly rare) case where I have a developing book with a TOC already created, I either leave blank pages before "Page 1" so that page-fixed elements are messed up by a new front material page, or do a quick reformat of the TOC text so that it again fits in the pages I've allotted to it.

 

Try to lock down the TOC page length as early as you can, even if it's with placeholder chapter/section pages. Or just leave TOC generation/paging as a very late step.

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