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InDesign Template Essentials: Tables of Contents

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For this month’s Template Essentials, we turn our attention to a rather essential feature of long documents, tables of contents.

InDesign Essentials template Tables of Contents

The file includes five TOC styles that you can adapt and modify to your own needs, ranging from the simplest TOCs, to multi-level TOCs where each entry includes titles, summary text and subheads.


indesign simple toc

indesign 3-level toc

There’s even a version that incorporates nested line styles to create an interesting fade effect on the chapter text.

indesign fade table of contents text

Plus a helpful explanation of the features in the TOC dialog box.

indesign table of contents dialog box


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3 Comments on “InDesign Template Essentials: Tables of Contents

  1. When auto generating a table of contents…is there a way to get a leader tab to look more consistent from where it starts next to the text.

    Chapter 1…………..3
    Chapter 15……….44

    The space after the chapter number is never quite consistent depending on the text. I use to draw my own lines and anchor them, but now with the automation, this really isn’t efficient anymore. Any suggestions?

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