I don't know if this is common knowledge, but I thought I'd post it anyway to help others avoid frustration.
I've been working in an ID document created in v13.1 for the last few months. It's a simple 32-page product catalog. For the first draft, made several months ago, in v13.0, I produced a TOC from the page headers. The "create TOC" worked perfectly, using my character/paragraph styles as desired.
After the latest client revisions this week, more information was added (copy, pics, vector art). When I went to update the TOC, InDesign crashed. It crashed even when I tried to delete the text box containing the TOC. Performing any TOC function caused the program to instantly crash.
I tried resetting the program prefs, but it didn't help.
What did repair my corrupt file was this:
The first approach to debugging an InDesign file that crashes is to save it (export, in versions earlier than CS6) as an IDML. Opening the IDML in InDesign will create a new INDD based on the saved XML information.
This has another benefit: InDesign files grow the more you edit them. Internally, an INDD is a database, and it doesn't shrink as much as it grows while you are working on it. The INDD > IDML > new INDD cleans out all the cruft.
This info is from this web site.
I was having the same issue with a TOC with[ i.e. updating the TOC and/or attempting to delete the textbox was causing immediate crash ] but INDD>IDML>INDD sequence fixed it completely. I'm on V15.0.1. Thanks for the help!
The INDD>IDML>INDD solution just fixed this exact issue for me too, on version 16.0.1 (updating my InDesign version, however, did not).
I am updating the TOC on an InDesign book that has 10+ documents. I updated to the latest version of InDesign, tried the INDD>IDML>INDD sequence only on the file that contains the TOC, and tried the same sequence in all the documents in the book, none worked. The app still crashed each time. Any other suggestion?
I have exactly the same problem with the TOC, saving as IDML did not solve the problem and deleting the text box also crashes InDesign.