TOC generation in Word 2007
Thread poster: Heike Behl, Ph.D.

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Oct 3, 2009

I updated an existing translated manual in Doc format. The existing TOC cacnot be updated correctly; only the last three chapters remain, everything else disappears.

I couldn't find any reason for that behavior as all headings are properly formatted, so I decided to create a new TOC.

So far so good. However, the chapter headings (Heading 1) are displayed with ... before and after the heading text. The sub-headings (Heading 2), on the other hand, are OK.

It looks something like this:

Chapter 1: ............... Adafsdjkl sdfasdkflasd asdfad sfasdfasdf
asdfd......................................................................................1

Chapter 2: ................................................................................F
adfasf......................................................................................2
Subheading ...........................................................................2
Subheading ...........................................................................3
Subheading ...........................................................................4

Chapter 3: ...............................................................................G
asdfasdf ....................................................................................5


How do I get rid of the .......... between "Chapter X" and the chapter heading?

Alternatively: Does anybody have any idea why the original TOC cannot be updated without losing most of its content? Maybe that's an easier fix than the other one.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!


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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Table of Contents box issue (I think) Oct 3, 2009

Word automatically assumes that Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. make up the TOC. Your original document may use different styles to define the TOC (i.e. ones the user made himself or the automatic ones in his language in Word).

To check this, go to the Table of Contents box (I do not know which Word version you are using so cannot tell you how to get there). Select Options and see which styles have been selected to make the TOC. Verify this against your original file and amend your translation file accordingly. This should do the trick.


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VIBOL KEO  Identity Verified
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Verify its source... Oct 3, 2009

Heike,

I used to face such a problem. It has been a little bit long ago...

It had occurred to me to click on such a link of TOC in question then verified if there were anythings around where it was associated.

As a result, I found some texts involved its default of heading. Then I cleared it out and just returned to review its show level setting if it was as desired... then click OK... Going back to the working TOC I just updated it... That's all as it got done...

Well, just try to follow this path if this problem would get solved...


Great and Green Weekend...!


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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Nope Oct 3, 2009

Marijke Singer wrote:

Word automatically assumes that Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. make up the TOC. Your original document may use different styles to define the TOC (i.e. ones the user made himself or the automatic ones in his language in Word).

To check this, go to the Table of Contents box (I do not know which Word version you are using so cannot tell you how to get there). Select Options and see which styles have been selected to make the TOC. Verify this against your original file and amend your translation file accordingly. This should do the trick.


I wish it were that easy!

As I said, they styles of the different headings have all been set according to the applied TOC template.


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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Tab leader Oct 3, 2009

The ...... after the heading text is probably due to having selected them as the tab leader on the Table of Contents box. You can choose between None, ...... or ------.

If they show before the heading text, this should be because they are also there in the Heading 1 text, Heading 2 text, etc.

[Edited at 2009-10-03 10:22 GMT]


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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Solved - just don't ask me how! Oct 3, 2009

I just experimented with the displayed levels of the newly created TOC for quite a while and ended up with a definition that is completely different from the original. But the outcome looks identical. Pretty bizarre, and I can't say I understand the "logic" behind it.

But now the TOC looks great, and I haven't even wasted my entire Saturday on it!
All's well that ends well...

Thanks for your input!


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