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Indexing documents with WordPerfect

Basic information on how to use the index feature:

bullet Overview

bullet How to create an index in WordPerfect

bullet Manual method 

•  Marking words

•  Define and generate the index

bullet Concordance method 

•  Creating a concordance file (several methods)

•  Using the concordance file

•  Marking items directly in the concordance to use as Subheadings in the index

•  Limitations (item length)

•  Capitalization and hyphenation 
bullet Tips on indexing

•  Index codes

•  Phrases

•  Subheadings

•  Organizing subheadings

•  Formatting the index after it has been generated

•  Dividing the index

•  Multiple indexes for the same document

•  Highlighting indexed words

•  Limiting the length of concordance file entries

•  Using a generated index for future use

•  Adding index entries that reference topical locations 

•  Combining concordance files

bullet Create a Glossary of Terms with the Index feature

Sources on indexing:

•  Perhaps the most cited reference guide on indexing is the Chicago Manual of Style.

There is an online edition and a free 30-day trial.

A separate -- and extremely detailed and lengthy -- chapter is devoted to Indexes.

Bear in mind that even more expensive and powerful indexing software (compared to WordPerfect) still requires the skill and talent of a human.

•  For the non-professional indexer, you can try searching the internet (or your local bookstore) for resources about the general rules and mechanics of indexing that are better suited to your needs.


In WordPerfect, an index is a section of text at the end of a document that contains a user-defined alphabetical list of words and phrases, and the page numbers where they can be found in the document. [Tip: For a Table of Contents and other related structures see here.]

The items in the index section (the “Index”) are called index entries, and they are automatically generated by WordPerfect when you use Tools, Reference, Index, Generate.

The Index feature scans the document for words that you specially marked or listed in a separate file,
and then creates index entries, along with the page numbers where each entry can be found in the document.

So,the first step in creating an Index is to mark (and/or separately list) the words you want to appear in the Index.

How to create an index in WordPerfect

[If you read this page from start to finish you probably will see minor duplication of some material and links. This is because there's no way to know where visitors -- of various levels of familiarity with this feature -- will land on this page when using external links. Your forebearance is appreciated.]

There are some general methods you can use to create an index for a document using WordPerfect's Reference Tools feature.

You can use the traditional manual method to mark each item you want included in the index, then generate (i.e., create) the index. 

You can use the concordance file method to automatically mark the words in the document that are on the concordance list (wherever they are found), then generate the index. This might be particularly useful for long document lengths, though it can be used with any document.

Or you can use both methods together to index the same document. Some users start with one of the first two methods and then employ the other method before generating the index.

¤  Menu choices on this page refer to the choices listed on a <WordPerfect> menu (you can right-click on the top menu bar to choose a menu type). If you use a <Microsoft Word> menu the menu choices described below might be absent from that menu (but not from the program) or they might be found elsewhere on the <Microsoft Word> menu. See here for more.


☼  There is a third method (independent of the above two methods) that you can use to create an index. It uses a macro (IndexList) to process an existing "source list" of words and phrases added to the bottom of the document by searching the document for the words and then adding page numbers to them in the list.

    The main advantage is that it is's easy to use for simple documents requiring a simple index.

    The main disadvantages are [1] it doesn't create hyperlinked page numbers; [2] you need to manually create the source list of words (hence it's best for short lists); and [3] the resulting index is not as easily re-indexed later (e.g., after making changes in the document). Still, it might be suitable for simple, one-off projects. See IndexList in the Library for the macro, the method, and some tips and limitations.

You can also reformat a created index to create a Glossary or Terms as discussed below.

Manual method

To manually mark words to be included as entries in an index you need to -

(1) select the desired word or short phrase in the document;
(2) mark the index entry using Tools, Reference, Index (Step 1 below); then when you are finished selecting and marking:

(3) define and generate the index (Step 2 below) - typically on a new, empty page at the end of the document.

Here's how to do it, step-by-step.

Step 1: Mark words and phrases you want in your index.

[Step 1a]  Click on Tools, Reference, Index.

In WordPerfect 11 and later, this opens a floating Reference Tools dialog.
[In WordPerfect 10 and earlier, rather than this dialog the program places a toolbar at the top of the screen.]

Reference Tools dialog


☼  It is not necessary to open this Reference Tools Index feature before selecting text (Step 1b below), but it might be more convenient.

☼  The floating dialog can be dragged to a different location or it can even be docked at the top or bottom of the WP window by dragging it there (though it takes up more space than the old toolbar); if docked, you can drag it back into the main text area to float it again.

☼  You can open and close this dialog as often as needed to mark more text (Step 1d below).
[Step 1b]  Select the text in the document for the index entry with your mouse or keyboard.

Note: In most instances your text selection will not present a problem; however, the selection should be limited to 63 characters, including spaces. Extra characters beyond this limit will be truncated in either of the Reference Tools dialog fields (see next paragraph). [However, once the index is generated (in Step 2 below) you can edit the index itself and manually modify any entry that you feel should be longer than 63 characters. Do this after the document is finalized, since any regeneration of the index will overwrite your edits.]

[Step 1c]  Click inside the Heading or the Subheading field of the Reference Tools dialog (or toolbar, in WP10 and earlier versions); WordPerfect will then insert the selected text into that field.

Reference Tools dialog with item inserted

Heading becomes a main item in the index and is a mandatory entry.

A Subheading is optional and is indented below the Heading in the generated index. (Note: Unlike some standalone indexing programs, WordPerfect supports only these two levels. But you can format the index in several ways -- including creating a Glossary.)

If you are marking the text as a Subheading, type the Heading into the Heading field -or- use the Heading field's down-arrow button ("drop list") to choose an existing Heading (you might need to click in the Subheading field again to choose the Subheading, depending on the order of entry in the fields).

You can edit the text label in any Heading or Subheading field to modify it. When the index is generated (Step 2) the index entry in the Index area of your document will reflect the modification, but the actual item in the body of the document will not change. This can be useful if the selected text in the Heading or Subheading field isn't as meaningful or as descriptive as you would like it to be for that particular material, or if you would like to add punctuation marks. [The index code that is placed in the document when you mark the item (see below) will contain the revised text descriptor, as you can see by placing the cursor in front of the code in Reveal Codes, but the location of the code in the document will be the same as when you selected the item.]

Example [from WordPerfect X8's Help]: "You can edit the text for an index entry and still reference the word you select. For example, if you select "cherries" in a document but want the index entry to be "fruit," you can type "fruit" in the Heading list box [and "cherries" in the Subheading box]."

Another example:
You can change the Heading shown in the image above to "Shakespeare, William" (without quotes). It will not affect any "William Shakespeare" in the document; it will simply display the name in the generated index as "Shakespeare, William".

Be sure to limit any entry in these two fields to 63 characters, including internal spaces in names or other phrases.

Note: Starting with WordPerfect 11, selecting normally hyphenated words (i.e., words separated by a [- Hyphen] code which is inserted when you press the hyphen key) produces a Heading or Subheading label with a symbol (€) instead of a hyphen. Simply delete the symbol and replace it with a normal hyphen. Both the index entry and the word in the document will then be identical.

If you have one or more Subheadings marked under a particular Heading, the generated index will present them in alphabetical order and list page numbers for the Subheading(s) only.

Exception: You can mark a word in the document as a Heading (or add it in a concordance file) as a separate entry. When that word appears by itself in the document it will also be followed on the same line in the generated index by page numbers -- even if you have marked other items with that word as a Heading followed by one or more Subheadings. See the Subheading tips below for an example.


☼  In the Subheading field (at least), keep the Subheadings relatively short, or else WordPerfect might insert line breaks ([Ln Brk]) on the Index page when it is generated, causing Subheadings to break apart from their dot leaders (the dots that separate the Subheadings from their page number(s)).

☼  You can easily adjust the amount of Subheading indentation by setting a new tab at the top of the index area.

☼  See also Subheadings in the main Tips section below for a tip on reversing given names and surnames for people, the order of parts of phrases, etc.
[Step 1d]  Click the Mark button on the Reference Tools dialog.

This inserts an [Index] code in the document at the beginning (i.e., to the left side) of the word or phrase to be indexed. [Tip: Use Reveal Codes to view what is happening.]
[Step 1e]  Repeat with other words or phrases.


☼  You can open and close Reference Tools dialog as often as needed to mark more text (Step 1d). When open, it will remain open to allow you to navigate the document and mark various items. As noted above you can drag (or dock) the dialog to relocate it.

☼  The next time you need to mark the same word or phrase that was previously marked in the document, you can just place your cursor in front of that (currently unmarked) instance and then choose the word or phrase from either the Heading or Subheading drop list; then click Mark. You can, of course, simply select the word or phrase as you did before.

Note: With manual marking, you will need to mark every instance of the same word/phrase in the document; otherwise, unmarked instances of the word/phrase will be missing page references to them in the final Index. (After you mark the first occurrence, you can use Edit, Find and Replace to search for additional occurrences of a word or phrase.)

Related tip: If you index words or phrases that occur frequently in the document, instead of manually marking each one you may want to include these items in a concordance file (see the concordance file method below). This saves time and effort, since you don’t need to locate all instances of those words in the document to mark them for indexing. It should improve accuracy, too, since you can leave it to WordPerfect to find all instances of the words included in a concordance (assuming the concordance was properly created).

☼  Index entries are case-sensitive: A separate entry for each variation of the word that you mark is inserted into the generated index, which can result in multiple index entries for the same basic word. However, there are times when this is desirable: See the concordance method's Capitalization section below for more information.

Step 2: Define and generate the index.

Two points to keep in mind:

•  You must define and generate the index for it to appear in your document for the first time, as described below.

•  If you make changes to the document later -- such as by adding more items to be indexed or by adding or deleting pages -- you should generate the index again ("re-generate" it) to incorporate the changes. (But see the tips below about regenerating a document.)

[Step 2a]  Move the insertion cursor to the end of the document and press <Ctrl+Enter> to create a new page.

[Step 2b]  Type a title at the top of the new page (e.g., "INDEX").

[Step 2c]  In the Reference Tools dialog (or toolbar, in earlier versions) click the Define button on the bottom right side of the dialog's Index tab.

[The image in Step_1c above shows this button. If you cannot see it, this might be because of a user setting in Windows; see Footnote 1 below.]

The Define Index dialog will appear.

Define Index dialog

Optional buttons and fields on the Define Index dialog


¤  See Footnote 4 for more details on the Position, Page Numbering, and Change button options described below.

¤  All options below apply to the current document only.


•  The Position button gives a choice of no numbering, text with numbers with and without dot leaders, etc.

•  The Page Numbering button gives the choice of custom page numbering: It places one or more text-like format codes in the field, where you also can add (e.g.) some text adjacent to the code(s).

•  If you click the Change button, you can edit either or both of the Index1 and Index2 styles, the same as you can edit any other style. For most indexes, this is not necessary.

•  If you want to use a concordance file -- either by itself or in addition to any previously marked words -- type the concordance's filename in the Filename field or use the folder button to the right of the field to browse for the concordance file.

•  The Create button (WP11 and later) is WordPerfect's way of helping you create a draft version of a concordance file. It "calls" (i.e., plays) the Corel macro, Concord.wcm. The draft it produces must first be edited to remove unwanted words, then saved to disc before it can be used as a concordance. However, you may want to use the WordList macro to create the draft of the concordance file instead, since WordList should work better due to changes Corel made to the program in recent years in the way the program currently treats hyphens, hard spaces, en-dashes, and WordPerfect symbols. (This change "broke" parts of Concord.wcm -- in fact, Concord.wcm would not play in some recent WordPerfect versions under Windows 7!).

Tip about concordance files: There are several other methods you can use to create a concordance file. See the Concordance file method below for more information on creating and using a concordance file.

[Step 2d]  Click OK on the Define Index dialog. WordPerfect clears any previous index entries from the document and returns you to the Reference Tools dialog, then it inserts special index codes at the current cursor location:

[Def Mark][Gen Txt]..[Gen Txt]

It also inserts a temporary text marker, "<<Index will generate here>>," 
between the [Gen Txt] codes.
Note: If you deliberately or accidentally delete those special codes you will get an error message if you try to generate the Index again ("There are no codes in this document that can be generated...."). In such case, you will need to Define the index again by using the instructions above.

[Step 2e]  Click on Generate on the Reference Tools dialog.

The Generate dialog will appear, which lets you save any changes to subdocuments (if any), or tells the program to build hyperlinks (if any) -- such as to page numbers in an index, table of contents, cross references, etc.

Generate dialog

Tip: Most users probably will accept both options unless there is a reason (A) not to save changes to any linked subdocuments, or (B) not to create hyperlinks from the index to the related pages in the document, such as when the document is to be printed on paper and hyperlinks would be useless (and the underlines in them might be distracting). [Related tip: You can remove blue underlines from e-mail addresses, web site URLs, and other hyperlinks from a WordPerfect document that is destined to be printed on paper; see here. Note that removal affects all hyperlinks in the document, not just indexed items.]

Notes and tips related to generating the document:

¤  If you re-generate an index, it replaces any existing index entries (everything between the [Def Mark][Gen Txt]..[Gen Txt] codes) with the new index. This is because the entries/page numbers were automatically generated in the first place, and the program assumes changes have been made in the document that need to be included in the new, re-generated version.

¤  Can you edit the generated index? Yes, but: Since the index is mostly ordinary lines of text surrounded by special format codes, some users edit the index for various reasons of clarity or style. It is generally best to wait for the final draft of the document, after you have finished indexing, before editing or formatting the index itself. Otherwise, your fancy formatting likely will be lost and you will need to do it over. (When the program re-generates the index it replaces the existing index and any custom formatting that you added to the index text areas -- see previous paragraph).


•  You can add capital letters to alphabetically separate the body of the index with a small macro such as Alphabetical List Divider.wcm. But again, this is best done after the index itself is in its final form.

•  Some formatting can survive re-generation: If you wish to create a multi-column index, you can generate it and then select all material in the index including the aforementioned [Def Mark][Gen Txt]..[Gen Txt] codes. Then use Format, Columns, which should put a pair of column definition format codes around the whole index and its index definition codes. (Note: After generating or re-generating the document, if the columns revert to a single column just re-apply the new, inclusive column formatting.)

¤  Note the small checkbox at the bottom of the Reference Tools dialog in recent versions of WordPerfect: Auto Generate. WordPerfect X4's (F1) Help describes Auto Generate this way:

"...You can ensure that the index is generated before you save or print a document by clicking Tools > Reference > Index, and enabling the Auto Generate check box in the Reference tools dialog box. When you save or print a document, and if you have not generated the reference tools since last saving or printing, a warning is displayed."

•  If this warning (or reminder?) becomes annoying, simply disable this option.

•  Bug alert: In some earlier versions of WordPerfect this option can erroneously cause selected text to fail to print, and even cause the cursor to jump while saving a document. The remedy is the same: disable the option.

¤  If you change a marked word/phrase in the main document after the Index has been created:

Be sure to delete the index code ([Index]) adjacent to that marked word/phrase (use Reveal Codes and delete the code; you can just drag it from the Reveal Codes window).

Then manually select and re-mark the revised word(s).

On the other hand, if you used a concordance file containing the original word/phrase you can just edit the concordance to mirror the item you changed in the document so that it will be picked up properly using that concordance file. (No need to remove the [Bookmark: Hyperlink] code unless you want to tidy up that area of the document since re-generation using the revised concordance will re-mark it again with the proper code.)

Finally, re-generate the Index again so that WordPerfect “picks up” the newly marked item(s).

Step 2f]  Click OK. The index will be generated (i.e., created) at the location set by the Define button in Step 1.

Concordance file method


Normally, a concordance file is a separate, ordinary WordPerfect file (.WPD) saved on disc that contains a list of the words and short phrases -- each separated by a hard return (i.e., by using the <Enter> key to produce a [HRt] code in Reveal Codes) -- that you want to automatically include in the document's index when you generate it, assuming the words in that file are also found in the document.

In other words, it helps create an index. Rather than having to manually mark individual words in a document for later indexing you can use this "source" file to mark specific words in the document that you need to have indexed. Then when you use the Index feature, you simply tell it where the concordance file resides on your disc and the program will use its contents to add entries to the resulting index.


¤  As mentioned, you can use both the manual marking method and the concordance file method to index the same document.

¤  If the words in the concordance do not appear in the main document they are ignored when the concordance is used. Thus, they will not appear in the index. Hence the concordance file can be used just for the current document, or at a later time, in one or more other (usually related) documents.

¤  A concordance -- especially if alphabetized -- makes maintaining the words to be indexed easier.

Creating a concordance file.

In no particular order, here are some methods. Which method is the best for you is a matter of your own preference.

Before using any of the methods below -

•  You can sort the list to alphabetize all or part of it, if desired, but alphabetical order for the listed items is not required by the program. However, sorting can be very helpful when editing or seeking problematic entries in the concordance file.

•  Be sure not to include extraneous text, leading or trailing spaces on any line, or format codes (bold, italic, tabs, tables, etc.).

•  See the sections below about limitations to a concordance and also about how to deal with some capitalization and hyphenation issues.

[Method A] Items to be indexed can be individually typed into the concordance document as plain text.  Start with a new, blank WordPerfect document and type each individual word or phrase on its own line. All lines should end with a single hard return [HRt] -- i.e., by pressing <Enter>. This is an easy method, and the list can be updated as you develop the document and make decisions on the items to index.


[Method B] An existing list of items to be indexed can be pasted into a new blank document -- or even added it to an existing concordance file -- as unformatted text with Edit, Paste Special, Unformatted text.


[Method C] A new alphabetized list of potential items to be indexed can be created from the document itself, using a macro. The program (WP11 and later) can call on an included concordance macro using the Create button on the Define Index dialog (see above) -- but you might prefer to play the WordList macro referenced in the Tips below, which can also create a plain-text list of every word that appears at least once in the document. [The list must then be trimmed to remove unwanted words so that it can be used as a functioning concordance -- or just be used to guide you to what needs to be indexed.] This method might be most useful with a long or complex document where you are not sure about what might need to be indexed.


[Method D] You can "clip" (i.e., copy) specific words or phrases from the document to a separate document as plain, unformatted text, with each line item separated by one hard return. This new document can then be used as (or added to) a concordance file. This method is quicker than Method A since you don't need to type the list, but probably most useful while proofing a section of the document (see third tip below).

Tips about clipping

Clipping (copying or moving) can be made easier and quicker with the Clipper macro in the Library. It automatically uses a separate temporary document to hold the clips, switching back and forth between that document and your current document (or other open document).

☼  Clipping words from the document to be indexed can also be used with the other methods above -- e.g., you can add clipped items from the temporary Clipper file to an existing concordance file.

☼  It also might be especially convenient to use clipping after you have created one or more chapters or sections of a large document, since no doubt you will be editing it for content and/or errors at that point anyway. The Clipper macro is just a handy on-screen tool to facilitate the task of creating a concordance. The file created can then be appended to an existing concordance (and re-sorted if desired) to create the final edition to use to index the document.

☼  Instead of trimming (deleting) unwanted words from a large comprehensive word list (e.g., method [C] above), you could instead clip the desired items from that list into a new separate document. When saved, the latter would then become your functioning ("working") concordance file.


[Method E]
You can use an already generated index as a concordance or as the basis for one.
See the tip below for how to do it. This can save a lot of time and effort if you plan to remove all index codes from the main document that already contains the index, so that you can start indexing fresh, using a concordance file. The concordance created this way already contains most if not all items you wish to index, and you can simply add/delete more items before saving it to disc.


Each item in a concordance file should not exceed 63 characters, including (internal) spaces. This is a limit imposed by the program. (See the limitations section below for some tips.) If there are any longer items the program will pop up an error when you attempt to create (generate) the index itself.

The WordList macro (see next Tip below) has an option to automatically do this trimming for you. Alternatively, you could use the author's TrimTo63 macro in the Library. It trims items in an open concordance document to a maximum of 63 characters per item.


☼  The WordList macro on this site has a menu option to automatically create a plain alphabetical list of all words that appear at least once in the document. [WordList does not modify the current document in any way, since everything is done in a new document window.]

Then the alphabetical list created by that macro should be trimmed to eliminate words you do not want in the final index. You need to trim the list or the resulting index will contain every word in the document!

Once saved to disc, this edited file can then be used as a functioning concordance file. [N.B.: For those needing to index surnames followed by given names ("Smith, Bill") see the Subheadings tip below.]

☼  Moreover, a specific concordance file can be used in any document for which an index is desired and where some -- or all -- words in that concordance might appear somewhere in the document. (If the words in the concordance do not appear in the document, they are ignored and will not appear in the index.)

☼  Since this will become a very useful tool, save the concordance
file frequently as you edit it. You might even consider saving each iteration with a slightly different name. (See the MultiSav macro suite in the Library.)

Using the concordance file.

Once created, the concordance file on disc can be used by the index feature.

You must specify the file to use with the Tools, Reference, Index (tab), Define (button). This brings up the Define Index dialog where you can enter (or browse and select) the concordance file's path and file name in the dialog's Filename field:

Define Index dialog's Filename field

When you click OK on the Define Index dialog (not the Create button located  below the Filename field but not visible in the image above) the concordance file will become "active," internally linked to that particular document. You are returned to the Reference Tools dialog.

WordPerfect also clears any previous index entries from the document, and inserts special index codes at the current cursor location --  ([Def Mark][Gen Txt]..[Gen Txt]) -- and also inserts a temporary text marker ("<<Index will generate here>>") between the [Gen Txt] codes.

You can then generate the index directly from the Reference Tools dialog or from the Tools, Reference menu. WordPerfect will use the concordance file to search for items to be indexed, and if found, it will add index codes at those locations. It will then create (generate) the actual index at the cursor location using the concordance-marked index codes and any manually marked index codes in the main document.

You can also quickly re-generate the index without using the Define Index dialog, such as after you add or delete material from the main document, or add or delete items to the concordance file. Just use the Reference Tools dialog or the Tools, Reference menu selection. (Don't forget to save the concordance file before re-generating the index.)

If the concordance file is not present or not specified in that field, you will need to Define the index again before you can re-generate it and the concordance items will be absent from the index (unless you also marked some or all of them manually in the document, which would be unusual).

Two cautions

•  At this time I do NOT recommend using the Create button on the Define Index dialog located below the Filename field (not visible in the image above) to help create a concordance file.

The feature (i.e., the factory included Concord.wcm macro that it calls, which was introduced in WP10) is in my opinion no longer reliable in several recent WordPerfect versions due to the way the program currently treats hyphens, hard spaces, en-dashes, and WordPerfect symbols. These were changes made by Corel for various reasons, but it had the unfortunate effect of "breaking" that feature.

Instead, either use [A] the WordList macro (see above) to create a draft of the concordance file, or [B] create the concordance file manually (see above).

•  From WordPerfect X8's Help (F1): "The current document should not contain a table of contents or index [when creating a concordance file with the Create button]. If it does, the resulting concordance file will include all of the words and page numbers found in the table of contents and index. For optimal results, remove or relocate any existing table of contents or index before using the concordance utility [to create the concordance file]." [Bold and comments in brackets added.]

Note that this does not mean you need to remove or relocate these items when generating or re-generating a table of contents or an index. It simply means you should not create a concordance file with the built-in Concord macro or the author's WordList macro if there's a table of contents or index already present in the document. E.g., you don't want to index the index items later!

Marking items directly in the concordance to use as Subheadings in the index.

As discussed in the manual method section above, if you manually mark words and phrases directly in the current document, you can mark them as either index Headings or Subheadings. In the index, Headings are the main word or phrase indexed, while one or more Subheadings might be indented under the Heading.

This type of marking can be done in addition to -- or instead of -- using a concordance file. The manual method is WordPerfect's "traditional" method, and it is often used with smaller documents.

However, you can also mark items in a concordance file. This makes sense, since the items in a concordance tell WordPerfect which words to look for in the document and, if found, to automatically add them to the generated index. But without some way to specify which should be Subheadings the index entries for these items would all be Headings.

Hence the program gives you the ability to include index codes directly in the concordance document -- just like you would do when manually marking the main document. In fact, you will use the same Reference Tools dialog to add the codes in the concordance.

Note that by default, each entry in a concordance file will appear as a Heading in the index. You need do nothing more to the concordance file if all you need is a simple, one-level index (i.e., Headings only).

But you can also mark any entry in the concordance as a Subheading. This will produce two levels in the generated index: a Heading and a Subheading under it.

You can even mark a concordance entry twice, for use as both a Heading and a Subheading.

Marking the concordance document is discussed under the Subheadings tip below, where examples and tips are given.

Codes in the main document.

Each of these two methods -- manual marking and using a concordance file -- produces a different indexing code in Reveal Codes, as described in the Tips below, but they do the same job of listing those items in the generated index.

Limitations to a concordance.

Note that concordance file entries (i.e., line items) should be limited to 63 characters in length, including spaces, or you will get an error message from the WordPerfect program when you try to use the concordance during indexing. 


Because of this WordPerfect-imposed limit, there is an option on the WordList.wcm macro's menu to automatically trim entries in the word list to 63 characters (or fewer, if there are trailing spaces).

Unfortunately, at this time the WordPerfect 11-X7 shipping macro, Concord.wcm, does not do any such trimming. Therefore, you may be better off using WordList.wcm. Or -- if you created the concordance another way -- you can play the TrimTo63 macro on the open concordance document.


¤  Once the index is generated you can edit the index area itself and manually modify any entry that you feel should be longer than 63 characters. Do this after the document is finalized, since any regeneration of the index will overwrite your edits.

¤  Like any document, the concordance file can become corrupted, even if only rarely. For important documents it might pay you to back it up and run Corel's free WPLOOK utility on it to remove possible internal damage. See the Repairing WordPerfect documents and templates page here.

Using capitalization (UPPER case) and hyphenation in a concordance file.

Note these things about concordance files, whether generated by a macro like WordList.wcm (or Concord.wcm), or whether they are created manually by typing words and phrases into the files.


The generated index uses the capitalization of the words in a concordance file, not the capitalization of the same words in the document.

As WordPerfect's Help says: "...if you create a 'butterfly' entry in a concordance file, and generate the concordance with a document that also includes 'Butterfly,' all occurrences of 'butterfly' and 'Butterfly' are listed under the 'butterfly' [lower case] index heading."

Tip: An option on the WordList macro's menu lets the macro treat the capitalized and lower-case versions of a word as identical, producing just the lower-case version in the word list.

However, you may want to leave this option disabledif you want words like "smith" ("His father was a smith...") and "Smith" to be treated as different words, and thus have both appear in the word list (and thus also in the generated index). [Remember that you can edit the draft concordance and manually add such an item into it.]


The generated index uses the form of hyphen in the concordance file when it searches the document to be indexed.

The two forms of hyphen that are most likely to be affected in indexing operations are the regular hyphen, created as a code ([-Hyphen]) when you press the hyphen key, and the hard hyphen, created by pressing <Ctrl+hyphen> (or by Format, Line, Other Codes, Hyphen character).

Like hard spaces (<Ctrl+Spacebar>), hard hyphens are used to "glue" words or dates together so they will not be split across lines, and it is the form used (at the present time) in the word lists produced by the built-in Concord.wcm macro. That is, the Concord macro converts all regular hyphens to hard hyphens when it produces the word list that will ultimately become the concordance file. On the other hand, the WordList macro preserves the form of all hyphens -- another reason to use it rather than pressing the Create button on the Define Index dialog (which calls Concord.com).

Therefore, when creating a concordance file manually -- i.e., by typing (or pasting) the items into the concordance file a word or phrase at a time -- the safest methods to ensure hyphenated words are found in the document to be indexed when using the concordance during indexing are to either (1) first convert all regular hyphens to hard hyphens with Find and Replace in the main document to be indexed, or (2) use both forms of hyphen in the concordance file by simply creating two versions of each hyphenated item in the word list.
However ... both of the above are unnecessary with the WordList.wcm macro, because it can create an alphabetical word list (i.e., draft concordance file) with the form of hyphenated word (regular or hard) that is found in the document being processed.

However ... always review the concordance document for duplicate hyphenated items using Reveal Codes before using it as a concordance file. In Reveal Codes, one of a pair of duplicate items may show hard hyphens, and the other may show regular hyphens. Retain both versions of that item to ensure both will be picked up in the main document during indexing; then you can edit the resulting generated index in the main document to remove the duplicate and consolidate that item's page numbers in the index list. (Again, only edit the final draft of the indexed document so that your edits are not lost if you regenerate the index.)

For more on hyphens and hard spaces, see Hyphens, hard hyphens, soft hyphens, hyphenated soft returns, and hard spaces ... What they are and how they work.

Tips on indexing

☼  Index codes. 

Both types of indexing code can appear in the same document. Since you can use both a concordance file and manually marked words and phrases as Headings and Subheadings in the same indexing operation you might see (in Reveal Codes) both types of Index codes described below in the document.

•  If you manually mark words using the Reference Tools dialog (as explained above), WordPerfect will add [Index] codes (in Reveal Codes) next to those items.

Tip: In Reveal Codes, place the cursor on the left side of that code and you should see the word(s) displayed directly on the code that will appear in the index itself (when it is generated). The display (and the related index entry) is limited to about 63 characters and spaces. However, as noted above you can edit the generated index itself to manually modify any entry; this is best done after the document is finalized since any regeneration of the index will overwrite your edits (see notes in the Generate step above.

•  If you use a concordance file, when you generate the index WordPerfect will add [Bookmark: Hyperlink] codes next to the concordance items found in the document.

Both types of indexing code can be globally removed in the document. Place your cursor at the top of the document and click Edit, Find and Replace; while your cursor is in the "Find" field in the Find and Replace dialog, select Match, Codes... on the dialog's menu and then choose "Index" (or "Bookmark" -- but see below for more) from the list of codes that appears. Finally, choose <Nothing> in the "Replace with" field and then click Replace All.

•  If the [Index] codes are replaced with <Nothing> to globally remove them you will need to mark those items again in the main document, since removing these codes will also "clear" the Heading and Subheading drop lists in the Reference Tools dialog.

For longer documents with lots of index entries, it might be better to use a concordance file to re-index the resulting "clean" document. The WordList.wcm macro can help create the concordance using the "Alphabetical list" option.

Alternatively, you can re-use an existing generated index as a concordance file by copying the index entries -- which are simply text formatted with special styles -- into a new, blank document and pasting them there with Edit, Paste Special, Unformatted text to remove formatting. It might be helpful to generate a "text only" version of the index before copying it. A little careful editing of the copied index, taking into account the tips and caveats elsewhere on this page, should produce a workable concordance file that can be saved to disc and used to re-index the document.

•  If the [Bookmark: Hyperlink] codes are replaced with <Nothing>, to remove them, the concordance file will automatically replace them (assuming their word are in the concordance) when the document is generated again.


Replacing [Bookmark: Hyperlink] codes this way will replace all other [Bookmark] codes, too. Normally, there is little reason to remove these concordance-generated codes en masse, unless you are sure no other important bookmarks exist (verify with your document's Tools, Bookmark dialog).

☼  Phrases.

For the purposes here, a phrase is two or more adjacent alphanumeric character strings that should show up in the generated index as a single Heading or Subheading entry. (For Subheadings see examples in the next section.)

There are several ways to do this.

[1] Manually mark the phrase in the document to be indexed, as explained in Step 1 above.

[2] Using a concordance file, just enter the phrase on one line without leading or trailing spaces.

Notes and tips

•  Each entry in a concordance file has a maximum size of 63 characters including internal spaces. This is a limit imposed by WordPerfect. If longer than 63, you may get a WordPerfect error message, "Concordance Entry Too Large". [See the macro, TrimTo63, to trim all entries to a maximum of 63 characters, including internal spaces.]

•  You can "clip" (i.e., copy) phrases from your working document into a separate document window (as plain text) with a macro such as Clipper. Then you can add the clips from that document to an existing concordance file with copy (or cut) and paste, or if the Clipper document is saved, with Insert, File.

•  In some older WordPerfect versions you might need to insert "hard" spaces between phrase words in the concordance file (i.e., [HSpace] codes entered with Ctrl+Space) instead of normal spaces. Tip: Hard spaces are also useful when typing certain items such as salutations ("Mr. John Smith") to keep them one one line in the document. [Note that you can quickly change existing normal spaces in a selection of text to hard spaces with a macro such as Hspacer.]

[3] Use both methods -- manually marked items and items in a concordance -- with the same document to be indexed.

☼  Subheadings.

As noted elsewhere, WordPerfect provides just two levels of indexed items: Headings and their (optional) indented Subheadings.

And as noted at the top of this page, you can select and manually mark items as Headings and (optionally) Subheadings in
the main document to be indexed.

However, you can also edit and mark a concordance file with Subheadings in much the same way that you mark Subheadings in the main document.
When marking them in the concordance file, you use the same Reference Tools dialog (see above).

The general method is:

[1] In the concordance file, click Tools, Reference, Index.
[2] Select the word that you want to appear as a Heading.
[3] Choose the word from the Heading list box (see also Notes below).
[4] Click the Mark button.
Then -
[5] Choose the word you want the Subheading to appear under from the
Heading ist box (see also Notes below).
[6] Select the word that you want to appear as a Subheading.
[7] Choose the word from the Subheading list box (see also Notes below).
[8] Click the Mark button.

Then when you create (i.e., generate) the index, the marked Subheadings in the concordance will show up indented under their related Heading labels in the generated index.

[Unmarked items in a concordance are automatically considered to be Headings in the generated index, so there's no need to mark them as such in the concordance. You only need to use the Headings field in Reference Tools if you are marking a selected item as a Subheading.]

Moreover, if there is more than one Subheading under a particular Heading, they will appear in alphabetical order under that Heading in the generated index. (See examples below.)


¤  You might need to type the text label in a Reference Tools dialog field when marking a Heading or Subheading. Or you can click in the field and choose an existing label.

¤  Similarly, the text labels in the Heading/Subheading fields can be modified, if desired, by clicking in the field. The modifications affect only the displayed entries in the generated index area; they do not modify the referenced items in the main document. (For more information see Step 1c above and the examples below.)

Examples (often used in a genealogy document, but which show the flexibility of the index tool)

If you want people's names to appear in the index as "Johnson, Bill" and "Johnson, Fred" -- i.e., in "Last Name, First Name" format -- the easiest way is to open the Reference Tools dialog (above, Step 1a) and select both words. Then manually mark them for indexing.

The following information
(tested in WordPerfect X8) assumes you are using a concordance document. As previously mentioned you can use both the manual and the concordance methods in the same document to be indexed, but here for the sake of illustrating the methods we will focus on marking up a concordance file.

•  Assuming a concordance entry is "John Smith" (both words should be on one line in the concordance without trailing spaces), you can select the item in the concordance file and then mark the selected item with the Reference Tools dialog (as noted above). This places the item in the Heading field.

For "Last Name, First Name" format:

•  If you do NOT need an indented Subheading for the item you can simply edit the Heading field and change the label from "John Smith" to (e.g.) "Smith, John" (without quote marks). It will appear in the generated index area something like this:

Smith, John.......5

The referenced item in the main document area will be unaffected and remain as "John Smith".

•  However, if you DO want the first name of the person indented under the Heading, use (e.g.) "Smith" as the Heading and "John" as the Subheading.

Similarly for other people with the same last name, mark them in the same manner: "Abigail Smith" would have "Smith" as a Heading and "Abigail" as the Subheading.

In the generated index they should appear indented and alphabetized (e.g.) this way:


•  Note also that if Smith appears anywhere in the main document without a first name ("...the Smith family...") and it should also appear in the index with page numbers next to it, then use that last name as a separate concordance entry. This will cause it to automatically appear as a Heading entry in the generated index.

(In this case there's no need to mark it in the concordance: single concordance items are automatically marked as Headings. However, if you were to manually mark it in the main document area instead of in a concordance file you would mark it there by entering the item in the Heading field. Remember that you can use both the manual and concordance methods in the same document.)

Using the same example above -- and where Smith also appears by itself on (e.g.) two separate pages in the main document -- you would see something like this in the generated index:

Smith.........10, 15

•  You can also use phrases as Subheadings by typing them in the Subheading fields:

   District of...25
   Geographical boundaries...30


You could manually mark the names as Headings/Subheadings in the main document (see above) instead of -- or in addition to -- doing it in the concordance file, but if you do it after the main document is written you would need to search for each item in that document, select it, and manually mark it as a Heading (Smith) and Subheading (first name). Then repeat the process for other instances and other names.

On the other hand the concordance mark-up method is easier and better since -- whenever you edit the concordance -- it conveniently displays a visible record of all proper names that should be indexed. You only need to add/edit specific names once. (No need to worry about extra names: As noted previously, if they are not found in the main document the indexing feature will simply ignore them.)

Related tips

•  If you need a concordance file containing just capitalized words (e.g., surnames, given names. other proper nouns, etc.), which should make it easier to index geneological documents, etc., see Footnote 2 below.

•  [Repeated from Step 1c above:]
In the Subheading field (at least) keep the labels relatively short or else WordPerfect might insert line breaks ([Ln Brk]) on the Index page when it is generated, causing Subheadings to break apart from their dot leaders (the dots that separate the Subheadings from their page number(s)).

☼  Organizing subheadings in the generated  index (or in the concordance document).

•  In the generated index: If you mark items to be indexed properly as Headings and Subheadings (with the Reference Tools dialog; see the example above for Last Name, First Name order) in the main document and/or in the concordance document, the program will automatically indent and alphabetize all Heading/Subheading entries in the index when it is generated. In brief, the program organizes the index's Headings and Subheadings for you.

•  In the concordance file (an older method to help organize the entries in a large concordance): Subheadings can be manually organized under their respective Headings in the concordance document, rather than marking them as such with the Reference Tools dialog (see example above). Here's a tip from Richard Bournes (posted on WordPerfect Universe, 02/06/05):

[In the concordance file] switch to draft mode (View, Draft).

Insert a comment which corresponds to the heading (Insert, Comment).

Create an index heading to agree with the comment.

Assemble and mark all your subheadings under each comment (also in alphabetical order) and keep the subheadings also in alphabetical order ([select] a group, then [use] Tools, Sort).

That way, all your headings are shown in a distinctive [color]; all the headings are in alphabetical order (if you do it that way) and all your subheadings are also in alphabetical order. This makes it all much easier to find and amend entries according to need.

The only trap is that when you have entered a heading as a comment, the temptation is to think you have ALSO just properly entered a heading under Tools, Reference, Index, Heading when, in fact, you may not have. [Make sure there's an actual index Heading in the concordance, not just a non-printable Comment, above the various Subheadings that relate to that Heading.]

☼  Formatting the Index after it has been generated.

Be aware that the Index in a WordPerfect document is simply text formatted with special paragraph styles and hyperlinked page numbers. (Look at the Index in Reveal Codes to see how this is done.)

Therefore you can format the Index into columns with a smaller font size, manually add/remove/edit punctuation or text, and even add large capital letters to divide each section of the index (see the AlphaDiv macro to help with this task).

But if you re-generate the Index, your edits there will be lost, since everything between the [Gen Txt] codes will be replaced.

Thus, it is better to do such formatting and editing on the final draft of the document. (Be sure not to remove the index codes, [Def Mark] and [Gen Text], from the Index area or you will need to Define the Index again (Step 2 above) before you can re-generate it.

☼  Dividing the index.

Once you've created an index you may want to divide the index with capital letters. See AlphaDiv (a macro for this purpose) in the WPToolbox Library. Again, this should be done after the final draft, for the reasons discussed in the previous section.

☼  Multiple indexes for the same document.

If you need multiple Indexes in a document, here is a post from Lindsay Rollo on WordPerfect Universe that explains how to do it. (See Footnote 3 for the full text of his post.)

Basically, you should use just concordance files to create each Index and not mark words for indexing with the manual method referenced above.

Then you generate the first Index at the desired location.

Once generated, you select it and its bracketing codes (i.e., select everything from the [Def Mark] code to the ending [Gen Txt] code) and temporarily turn the Index into a WordPerfect Comment with Insert, Comment, Create. This "hides" the Index so you can generate the next Index.

Repeat as needed for more Indexes.

When you have finished, "unhide" the hidden Indexes by placing the cursor immediately after each of the [Comment] codes and click Insert, Comment, Convert to text.

Naturally, all this should be done after the final draft of the document, or you might need to delete the Indexes and recreate them to ensure all items appear with their proper page numbers.

☼  Highlighting indexed words.

You can highlight the indexed words in your document by making use of either (1) the current concordance file (if you used one) or (2) the resulting index created without page numbers, then copied into a separate file (see the tip below on using a generated index as a concordance for future use -- which also produces a numberless index).

The plain text list (#1 or #2 above) can then be used as a source file with the HiLiteDoc macro in the WPToolbox Library. That macro will use the source words to find the target words in the body of the document and highlight them.

Note that the HiLiteDoc macro probably won't highlight words that were manually marked for indexing if you used a concordance file as the source list (they might not show up in the concordance) -- though they should be highlighted if you used method #2  above.  (Still, be aware that the macro might get confused over certain items such as "nested" marked-up words -- e.g., when both "John Smith" and "Smith" are marked. Be sure to read the comments at the top of the HiLiteDoc macro's code.)

Highlighting can be removed with a macro in the same suite, or it can be removed with built-in WordPerfect feature, as explained at the bottom of the HiLite download page.

☼  Limiting the length of concordance file entries to 63 characters.

As noted several times above, concordance file entries (and manually marked document entries using the Reference Tools feature) should be limited to 63 characters to prevent WordPerfect from stopping and displaying an error message during indexing. [The WordList macro has a trim option to do this for you.]

However, once the index is generated you can edit the index itself and manually modify any entry that you feel should be longer than 63 characters. Do this after the document is finalized, since any regeneration of the index will overwrite your edits.

☼  Using a generated index as a concordance for future use.

You can use a generated index as a concordance file (or add it to an existing concordance file) for future use with other documents: Simply generate the index using "text only" items (i.e., no page numbering, just the index entries).

Here's how:

First, make a backup of the document.


If the index already exists, you can -

[1] double-click the [Def Mark] code at the beginning of the index,
[2] for the Numbering Format Position, use "No Numbering"; then
[3] click OK and
[4] generate the document.

If the index has NOT yet been created, make the same "No Numbering" choice (as in the above step) when you generate it. 


[5] Select and copy (Ctrl+c) the numberless index (i.e., everything between the [Def Mark][Gen Txt]...[Gen Txt] codes, which bracket all indexes), then
[6] open
a new, blank document and
[7] paste the copied material there as Unformatted text (Edit, Paste Special, Unformatted text). Then
[8] save that new document with a different name, which then can be used as a concordance file (or combined into an existing concordance file, and the result sorted with Tools, Sort.)

Optional: You can then close the original document without saving the changes that were made with this procedure.

For other methods of creating a concordance file, see above.

☼  Adding index entries that reference topical locations (or: "Road signs for the Index Highway").

If you need entries in the Index that reference various (but related) topics that span several pages or appear in several places, you can manually Mark (as a Heading, described in Step 1 above) each of those document pages with a descriptive Heading field, and the topical references will show up in the Index.

Essentially you create a sort of descriptive "signpost" in the Index directing the reader to various pages that deal with the topic. Even if you have indexed section headings or other items throughout the document, this procedure can help the reader identify and locate specific information.

For example, you could -

[1] place your cursor at the beginning of a topical area -- e.g., one dealing with various animal research studies in the main document's text -- then

[2] (without selecting anything first since you will be editing the Heading field anyway) manually add a marked Heading with the label "Animal studies" at that location -- as well as to the beginning of each related area on the following pages that generally cover the topic -- then

[3] generate the Index (Step 2e above).

Even though the phrase "Animal studies" does not exist in the document the Index will contain a Heading for the pages, such as -

"Animal studies.....250-255, 260, 262".

In other words, you do not have to select-and-mark existing words to force the Index to contain an entry. You can create a sort of "textual bookmark" entry -- a "pointer" -- in the generated Index by simply creating a Mark (which inserts an [index] code) on several consecutive and/or non-consecutive pages -- or even on several places on the same page. [Note: It is best to insert these index marks at or very near the beginning of the topics that they reference, in case material is inserted or deleted later in the document and the Index is regenerated.]

All this can be done even if you also use a concordance file to help generate the Index.

☼  Combining corcordance files.

As previously noted, you can combine multiple concordance files into a single file. Each item should end with a hard return and there should be no blank lines. Save the combined file to disc. [Though not required by the program, it can help to sort the combined index alphabetically -- e.g., if you need to find duplicates, etc.]

☼  Check the index for errors, misspellings, etc. It is easy to overlook this step.

☼  For other information on indexing see WordPerfect's online help (F1), under "Creating an index."

☼  For advanced topics and tips, see an after-market book such as -

•  Using WordPerfect 12 or Using WordPerfect X3 by Laura Acklen and Read Gilgen (QUE Books), or
•  WordPerfect Office: The Complete Reference Guide from Corel (not reviewed here).

Create a Glossary of Terms with the Index feature

Since the Index feature creates an alphabetized list of previously marked (coded) words in document, you can use the Index feature to create a Glossary by simply formatting the resulting "index" differently.

You can even use the Index feature again in the same document to create a regular Index.

Index the words as you write (or later during editing) by marking them manually as described above.

Use either one of these options (not both):

Option 1: If you have not yet generated the Index: When you generate the Index, it normally will create a section of text with page numbers after each Index item. However, in this case -

- position the cursor where you want the Glossary to appear;
- click Tools, Reference, Index, Define;
- choose "No Numbering" in the Define Index dialog's Position drop list;
- click OK;
- back in the Reference Tools dialog, click Generate (or generate later with Tools, Reference, Generate).

- or -

Option 2: If you have already generated the Index you can simply double-click on the [Def Mrk] code in Reveal Codes. This brings up the Define Index dialog (as in Option 1 above).

- Choose "No Numbering" in the Define Index dialog's Position drop list;
- click OK and Close to return to the document.

You should now have an alphabetical list -- without page numbers -- to use as a Glossary.

Important: If you need to actually index the document after creating the Glossary, be sure to delete the bracketing Index codes around your Glossary so that it becomes a plain text list. Otherwise, you will have your Glossary overwritten by the subsequent Index operation.

Here's how:

In Reveal codes, locate the [Def Mrk][Gen Txt] codes at the beginning of the Glossary and delete them; this leaves just the index's paragraph style codes around each Glossary item. They should do no harm, but ...

To quickly remove the index style codes around all Glossary items, select the entire Glossary and click <None> in the Styles list on the property bar (or click Format, Styles, <None>, Insert). This should remove the paragraph style codes, leaving a "plain text" list of terms.

Then create a new, comprehensive Index. You could use (and maintain) a concordance file for just the Index items, to keep the (manually marked) Glossary items separate from the rest of the to-be-indexed items during document creation and editing. Since you can use both a concordance and manually marked index terms when you generate an Index, you can have a Glossary [from the manually marked items] and an Index [from the combination of manually marked items and the concordance].

Footnote section

Footnote 1

[Continued from Step 2c above:]

If you cannot see a Define button in the Reference Tools dialog it might be because Reference Tools dialog has been “truncated.” Click here for a screen shot of what the Reference Tools dialog should look like with the Index tab selected. (Shown is the WPX4 version. Other versions might be different.)

There's a setting in Windows that might be causing the problem. Whichever setting you change, be sure you know how to return to it to restore it to the original setting. [Disclaimer]

Windows XP: Right-click on the Windows XP desktop, then click Properties (or click the Start menu, Settings, Control Panel, Display). Click the "Settings" tab, then click the "Advanced" button in the lower right-hand corner of that tab. Under DPI setting, make sure the drop-down displays "Normal size (96 DPI)" rather than "Large size (120 DPI)". 

Windows Vista/7: Open "Screen Resolution" by clicking the Start button on your desktop, clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking "Adjust screen resolution". Click the link, "Make text and other items larger or smaller". You can set the sizes to Smaller, Medium, and Larger. If you want to fine tune the setting: Click on "Set custom text size (DPI)" in the left pane to open the "Custom DPI Setting" dialog. Click the scale (ruler), drag the setting to whatever percentage size increase you want (100%-500%), and then click OK. (If you prefer, you can type a number between 100 and 500 in the box next to "Scale to this percentage of normal size," and then click OK.) On the Display screen, click Apply. The change will take effect the next time you log on.

Windows 10: Right-click on the Windows desktop, and choose Display Settings. The "Customize your display" dialog opens, which has a slider tool to set the size as a percentage. Or (similar to Windows 7 above) to fine tune the setting: Start, Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Display. Under "Change size of items" click "set a custom scaling level". Note that the dialog says this is "not recommended," but it appears to be the same dialog as the "Custom DPI Setting" dialog found in Windows 7 above.


Some users have reported on the results of increasing the setting beyond 100% (96 DPI). For them, at 117% all buttons on the Reference Tools dialog's tabs are present; at 118% the bottom buttons are missing because the dialog is truncated.

Note also that in some situations increasing the DPI will make the numbers on your WP ruler invisible. This is a known issue.

If you still need to increase the size of dialog (and other Windows elements) text, here's a tip from Charles Rossiter (Corel C_Tech):

[In Windows XP:] "Instead of changing the dpi, you can edit the display settings through Windows Start, Settings, Appearance tab, Advanced button. Click on item, and you get a list of about 20 items. Go through that list and increase every font size by 2 points (as a starter example).

If you increase the size of the characters that way, without changing the dpi, you will not lose the ruler measurements, nor disrupt the reference tools dialog."

[In Windows 7:] Click on Start, then in the Search field, type "change windows colors and metrics." In that dialog (Window Color and Appearance) you can adjust these items.]

Temporary solution:

You can create a simple macro to display the Define Index dialog, the same as if you pressed the Define button in the Reference Tools dialog. Here's how:

Open a new blank document and use Tools, Macro, Macro Toolbar to display the Macro toolbar. Then type the single macro command, IndexDefineDlg, into the document. Press Save & Compile on the Macro toolbar to save it to your default macro folder (as shown in Tools, Settings, Files, Merge/Macro). Then go to the document to be indexed and play the macro at the current cursor location (usually, the end of the document) with Tools, Macro, Play. It will insert the Index codes and the text placeholder there. Then generate the document with Tools, Reference, Generate.

Footnote 2

If you need a concordance file containing only words that have one or more capital letters in them (e.g., surnames, given names. proper nouns, acronyms, etc.):


You could first use the
WordList macro to create a separate alphabetical list (the second main function of that macro) consisting of all words that appear at least once in the document. Or, use any similar list your might have on hand. The list should contain both words with upper case letters and words with just lower case letters. Then you could use the macro below to trim out all items that contain just lower case letters.


Play the  WordList macro on your document, choosing to create an alphabetical list (not a frequency list). IMPORTANT: Be sure to de-select (un-tick) the WordList macro's option to convert the list to all lower case words. You will want to retain upper case items in the list.

2. When the WordList macro is finished creating the alphabetical list of items, save it to disc, then remove the editorial comments that will appear at the top of that list. This should leave you with a list containing just individual line items, each ending in a hard return.

3. Play the following macro on that edited word list. It will delete all items in the list that do NOT contain capital letters, leaving just items with capital letters. (N.B.: To copy the macro code into your WordPerfect to create a functional macro, see here.)

// PURPOSE: A macro to remove any line items from a list that are all lower case.

// All items in the list must end with a hard return ([HRt]).
// The document should not contain anything else but the items to be processed.
// Remove any formatting -- bold, italics, tables, graphics, etc. -- but
// retain any existing hyphen codes, en-dashes, and hard spaces.

// It is always a good idea to make a backup of the document first.

// Macro begins:
        Break // (Nothing more selected, so exit now)
        DeleteCharPrevious  // If upper case NOT found delete selected item
        SelectOff  // Turn select mode off
// Macro ends

[N.B.: You can usually undo the work of a macro with Edit, Undo (or Ctrl+z). This would give you the opportunity to first copy the new list of words (i.e., only words with capital letters) to a new document; then you can undo the changes to the current list. Or, as noted, simply save the current list before playing the above macro.]

Footnote 3

[...Continued from "Multiple indexes for the same document" above:]

"Multiple Indexes

There are many occasions when multiple indexes [in the same document] are either necessary, desirable, or enhance academic or technical document.

Multiple indexes can be generated in WordPerfect by a simple, if slightly tedious, process.

Indexes can be a combination of words marked in the text combined with those included in a concordance file. However, if multiple indexes are to be created, it is strongly recommended that concordance files only should be used, as only the first index generated [in a document] can use the combined method. [Italics added.]

Assuming only two indexes are required, the first index is generated from a concordance file in the ordinary way.

To generate the second index, (using Reveal Codes first) ‘capture' the entire first index from the [Def Mark] code to the terminal [Gen Txt] code in a Comment box by clicking Insert|Comment|Create. Both codes must be included in the Comment box.

Position the cursor after the Comment Box [in Reveal Codes].

Now generate the second index using the second concordance file.

Return to the Comment Box and convert the content to text by clicking Insert|Comment|Convert to text.

Both indexes are now displayed.

Additional indexes can be generated by repeating the process. To speed things up, wait until all indexes are created before converting to text.

If a table of contents is included in the document, treat index headings in the same way as other section headings, such as starting each index on a new page. The necessary page breaks etc must be inserted before each index is generated.

Some experimentation may be necessary to coordinate the table of contents and indexes where the Table of Contents exceeds one page.

If text is amended or expanded after the indexes have been generated, the original indexes will have to be deleted and regenerated to ensure page numbers correspond with the revised text.

It is desirable, therefore, that indexes are generated after all text editing and other quality assurance procedures have been completed.

Note that concordance files run most swiftly if sorted alphabetically."

[Lindsay Rollo
Wellington, New Zealand
(WordPerfect Universe FAQ, 22 July 2000)

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Position button: Choose a page number position for the index entries from the Position list box. The position you choose determines the way the page numbers display in the index. You can choose one of the following page number positions.

•  No Numbering - No page numbers
•  Text # - Page numbers following the entries (separated by a space)
•  Text (#) - Page numbers in parentheses following the entries (separated by a space)
•  Text     # - Flush right page numbers
•  Text.....# - Flush right page numbers with dot leaders
•  Text, # - Page numbers following theentries (separated by a comma and a space).

You can have each page number printed out (for example: ... 4, 5, 6, 9) rather than combined (for example: ... 4-6, 9) by un-checking (clearing) the “Use dash to show consecutive pages” check box.

Page Numbering button: You can insert secondary page numbers, chapter numbers, volume numbers, or the total number of pages by clicking the Page Numbering button in the Define Index dialog box.

Normally, the page numbers in your index will look like the page numbers in your document. If you have used special numbering like volume, chapter, and secondary page numbers, you can customize the way page numbers appear in your index. While defining your index, choose Page Numbering and then select User-Defined Page Number Format. Then choose Insert, and choose the types of numbers you want to include in the page number format for your index. Type any text and punctuation that you want to include with the numbers.

Change button: This (advanced) option lets you makes changes to the two styles associated with headings and subheadings in the generated index. [For more general information on styles see here.]