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How to create a
• I. Overview
• II. Method
• III. Some tips for the Table of Contents feature
• IV. How to "mark" a custom text style for automatic inclusion of its text in a TOC
Related pages -
• To create a WordPerfect List (similar to a Table of Contents) see here.
• To create an Index or a Glossary see here.
• To create a Table of Authorities see Corel's support database here and here; also see this post at WordPerfect Universe (which references CiteLink and FullAuthority).
[Update: See Corel's Perfect Authority for purchase here (also included in the Legal Edition).]
• To create a bibliography with WordPerfect see this article on the Corel support site.
"History records that the Table of Contents was invented by Quintus Valerius Soranus before 82 bce."
[- The Book Designer, Parts of a Book]
■ WordPerfect needs to know what to include in a Table of Contents (TOC).
Before you can have WordPerfect automatically create a Table of Contents (TOC), the words or phrases you want to be included in the TOC must be marked (or "tagged") with special format codes. Then WordPerfect can find their locations and list them in a TOC.
This can be done in the three easy steps outlined below — but please read the rest of this Overview which introduces a few terms and features, and gives you some things to consider that could save you time in the long run.
■ Some things can be automatically included in a TOC.
WordPerfect's five standard paragraph Heading styles — Heading 1 through Heading 5, accessed via a drop list on the Text property bar or from the Format, Styles menu — will automatically include their text as individual entries in the TOC when it is defined (in step 2 below) and generated (in step 3).
This is because these styles contain the necessary internal TOC-marking codes as part of the style formatting.
For example, applying the Heading 2 paragraph style to a selected word or short phrase will cause that word or phrase to be formatted and be automatically included in the TOC as a "level 2" (i.e., indented) entry when you define and generate the TOC.
[Defining and generating a TOC is explained in Steps 2 and 3 in the Method section below. ]
This is very handy and it's a major reason to use these "factory shipped" styles (or customized versions of them) when you need to introduce sections of a document (e.g., Chapters, Sections, Appendices, etc.) with text headings.
¤ The five standard Heading styles can also be edited very easily to change their formatting in order to customize them. Here's the basic method:
Once such a style has been applied in a document, double-click on any instance of that [Style] code in Reveal Codes. The Styles Editor that appears has a menu and toolbar which you can use to add or change format codes to the Contents pane in the Styles Editor.
The changes made this way will be stored in the current document (only) and apply to all instances of the text in the document to which that style was applied.
[Note: Be sure not to delete any [Mrk Txt T.O.C.] codes from the Styles Editor's Contents pane. This code is responsible for including the text as an entry in the final TOC.]
For more on this topic (making and saving your changes, etc.), see the CustomStyles page.
¤ You can "mark" your own user-created styles for automatic inclusion of the style's text in a TOC. This is covered in a separate section below.
■ Some things need to be manually marked before they can be included in a TOC.
If you have items that you want included in a TOC but they were not formatted with any of the five standard Heading styles -
• you can go through the document and mark each item manually with a simple select-and-click procedure, as explained in Step 1 below;
- or -
• you can optionally use your own customized text style (see below) and simply apply that style to any text you want included in a TOC;
- or -
• you can do both in the same document.
Then when you are ready to produce the TOC simply follow Step 2 and Step 3 below to define and generate it.
The following 3 steps are quick and easy to do — in fact, they are easier to do than to describe. Many of the annotations, tips, etc., are primarily for reference and to help you fix TOC format issues that might arise.
You can skip Step 1 if you are using only the 5 standard Heading styles that are included with WordPerfect and/or specially marked custom styles or outline styles (see below), since these special styles will automatically include their text as entries in the TOC when you complete Step 3.
However, continue with Step 1 if you have regular text (even if it is initially formatted) that you want to automatically include in the TOC. This is a simple select-and-click process. (For WordPerfect Outlines or other existing styles used in the document, you will want to mark their format codes in a special way; see the next main section below.)
Note that you can use both the 5 standard Heading styles (including any specially marked custom or outline styles) and manually marked text in the same document.
Step 1. Mark the words or phrases in your document that you want included in the TOC. These typically include chapter titles, section headings, etc.
Step 1(a). Select the text you want included as an item in the TOC. Use your mouse or keyboard, as you prefer.
The selected text can be quite large, such as several sentences.
Sometimes it is more accurate to use the keyboard (e.g., Shift+arrow keys) when selecting text embedded in several format codes. (Such codes can be removed from the TOC entries later; see the tip below for more about such extraneous formatting. But it will save time and effort if you omit them from the selection in the first place.)
Generally it is better not to include any format codes or styles from the document's text areas that lie within the boundaries of a manual selection, unless you actually want them to appear in the TOC entry. You can check Reveal Codes while you make a selection. [See also the tips below about applying custom formatting to just the TOC.]
Click on Tools, Reference, Table of Contents.
The Reference Tools dialog appears:
Click on the [Mark 1] button to mark it as a top-level TOC entry (e.g., all your Heading 1's), the [Mark 2] button to mark it as a second-level TOC entry (e.g., all your Heading 2's), and so forth.
As noted on the dialog, each button simply corresponds to a desired level of indentation in the TOC — i.e., the number of indents from the left margin. (The tab setting at that location determines the actual amount of indentation for each level chosen.)
The result of using these buttons on the currently selected document text can be seen in Reveal Codes as pairs of "On/Off" codes surrounding the text, depending on the chosen level of indentation: [Mrk Txt T.O.C.: 1], [Mrk Txt T.O.C.: 2], etc.
Repeat Steps 1(a) amd 1(b) as needed. It you need to mark more items later, just repeat Step 1. Then repeat Step 2 (if a TOC does not yet exist) and/or Step 3 (if a TOC exists so as to regenerate it and display the changes).
¤ This dialog will remain on screen until dismissed. Note that it can be dragged to reposition it by first placing the mouse cursor on the title bar until the cursor changes to a 4-headed arrow. Also, if you drag it to the top or bottom of the document area it will become docked above the ruler area or below the Reveal Codes area, respectively. To undock it, place the mouse cursor on an empty part of the Reference Tools's tab area or the bottom area first, then drag it back to the main document area.
¤ You can use small macros to automate marking the text.
See Footnote 1 below.
¤ Do you have a problem seeing the entire Reference Tools dialog? If you cannot see the [Define] button (or any of the other options on the line below that button) it might be because Reference Tools dialog has been “truncated.” There's a Windows setting that might be causing the problem. See Footnote 2 below.
Step 2. Define the TOC — i.e., tell WordPerfect where to place the TOC, and how many levels to use. (A level defines how many tab stops to indent the entry from the left margin.)
Step 2(a). First, place your cursor where you want the TOC to appear in the document.
¤ Typical layout: You could create a blank page at or near the top of the document (Ctrl+Enter will insert a hard page break code [HPg]) with a title (e.g., "Table of Contents"); then insert a couple of hard returns (with the Enter key) to provide a separation between the title and the TOC. Place your cursor where the TOC entries should begin.
▸ If you wish to apply formatting to the title (e.g., center justification), then -
Either format method should help prevent a conflict with the TOC's own formatting (which is controlled by its own internal style).
(a) as long as there is at least one hard return ([HRt]) following the title, select (double-click) just the title text and apply the formatting to the selection; this will "bracket" the text with its own formatting codes (note that other formatting besides centering, such as bold text or large relative size, can be applied the same way);
- or for centering -
(b) use Format, Line, Center to add a "hard center on margin" code, which will center the line without affecting any new or existing text below the selection.
▸ If you decide to add a blank page and/or a TOC title after the TOC is generated (Step 3) see the Regenerate tip below.
¤ Custom layout: You can create a multi-column table and place your cursor inside a cell; this will give you other formatting options later (cell borders and fills, additional text, etc.). [See also some related post-TOC-generation tips below.]
[Can't see the [Define] button? See tip above.]
The Define Table of Contents dialog appears:
Step 2(c). Choose the number of levels that you want to use in the TOC.
At the top of the Define Table of Contents dialog, type a number in the "Number of levels (1-5)" field or click on a spinner arrow in that field to set the number.
If you used both the Heading 1 and Heading 2 styles in the document, you could set the number to 2.
Typically, you might set more than one level (the maximum is 5 levels). Setting extra levels, even if you don't need them, is harmless — although it means that you probably will see a lot of indented ("stepped") entries in the TOC if you actually used some of the other 5 Heading styles and/or you manually marked items using more than one or two TOC levels (in Step 1(b)).
You can also set fewer levels than were actually used in the document. The "Number of levels" set in this dialog simply means the number you want to use (i.e., display) in your TOC; the items marked in the body of the document are not affected (i.e., changed or deleted) by this setting.
Note that you can always change any of the settings in this dialog later, as explained in Step 2(d) below.
• You can set the Position of the page numbering (i.e., the numbering format on the TOC page) relative to the text entries for each level using the fields adjacent to each Level's style. [The default is to use dot leaders with flush-right page numbers, but you can use other numbering positions — or no numbering at all, in which case the TOC's text entries will be hyperlinked to the relevant pages.]
• The [Styles] button lets you change the TOC's text format for each level in the TOC area (not in the body text area) to some other pre-existing custom paragraph style (see the Advanced Topic#1 tip below).
• Use the custom [Page Numbering] button to change the numbering format for any of the levels.
A tip from WordPerfect X6's Help:
If you are using secondary, chapter, volume, and total page numbers, you can put them together in the table of contents, for example, “Chapter 3, Page 98.”
You can type text and punctuation between the page number codes, for example, [Page #] of [Tot Pages #].
• The checkbox at the bottom, "Display last level in wrapped format," will wrap any long entries in the last level used.
Step 2(d). Click OK on the Define Table of Contents dialog.
In Reveal Codes, WordPerfect will insert a [Def Mark] code at the cursor location — that is, where the TOC will be generated — and a temporary text marker ("<<Table of Contents will generate here>>") bracketed by a pair of [Gen Txt] codes, like this:
[Def Mark][Gen Txt]<<Table of Contents will generate here>>[Gen Txt]
Tip: You can double-click the [Def Mark] code to bring up the Define Table of Contents dialog if you need to change things in the TOC definition.
Step 3(a). Click the Generate button at the bottom of the Reference Tools dialog. [Tip: This function is also located on the main Tools, Reference menu.]
In the Generate dialog that appears, you are given two choices: Save Subdocuments, and Build hyperlinks.
The first option is useful if you are working in a Master document which has one or more subdocuments (for more on this topic see here). If you are not working in a Master document this option has no effect.
The second option is useful if you have (or need to have) hypertext links in the document — such as those also applied to the TOC page numbers. If the document is to be printed on paper you can disable this option to prevent hyperlinks from being created and showing up as blue underlines in the printed document. (If they already exist in a document the blue underlines can be removed with or without deactivating the hyperlinks: see here which also shows another way of preventing them.)
Step 3(b). Enable (tick) one or both options. Most often you can just click OK to accept the default settings (i.e., both options enabled).
Step 3(c). Click Close on the next dialog to return to the main document.
The TOC should now display all entries that were marked in the document in Step 1.
(Strongly recommended:) See the Tips section below for more on regenerating the TOC if document pagination changes, editing and formatting the TOC, generating multiple TOCs in the same document, etc.
III. Some tips for the Table of Contents feature
• If you add or remove marked text (or the TOC marking codes added in Step 1) or you add or remove other material or format codes in the document that might cause changes in pagination ** be sure to generate the document again.
You can do this with either -
[a] the main menu's Tools, Reference, Generate choice; or
[b] the Generate button on the Reference Tools dialog (Step 3 above); or
[c] a shortcut key (on Windows keyboards it's Ctrl+F9; on the DOS 6.1 keyboard it's Alt+Shft+F5).
• See the next tips (and cautions) about editing and formatting the TOC itself.
• See the last tip below about using the "Auto generate" checkbox option. There are four reasons why you might not want to use it.
☼ Tips on formatting the TOC before you create it:
• You can, for example, create a multi-column table first, and then place your cursor inside a cell in Step 2 above; this will give you other formatting options later (cell borders and fills, additional text, etc.).
• A TOC does not need to be on a separate page. You can put it on a page with other text or even inside a graphic box, which can be re-sized and/or dragged into another location. [Some newsletters put the box inside (or overlapping) a column on page 1.]
Just create the box: Insert, Graphics/Pictures, Text Box; then drag it to a new position if desired; then click inside it to position the cursor in the box; then define the TOC (Step 2) and generate it (Step 3).
The box itself can be further formatted by clicking outside it then right-clicking directly on it to get a list of options.
☼ Tips on formatting the TOC after you create it (Steps 1-3 above):
[You might want to back up your document before making changes to a TOC's existing format.]
• A generated TOC (i.e., the entries and page numbers) can be edited and formatted just like any other block of text.
▸ Add tabs or indents to certain entries.
▸ Select the entire generated TOC area and set new paragraph spacing for it with Format, Paragraph, Format, Spacing between paragraphs. Sometimes adding even fractional spacing helps make the TOC more readable.
▸ Select the generated TOC area and add automatic numbering to the entries in it (or if you select part of the TOC you can apply numbering to just that part) with either an outline style or with a counter style. (Ctrl+z can usually Undo the change, so try different outline styles.)
Note that instead of this method you could just automatically number document's section headings or use a marked outline style for your document's headings as explained here. This way the numbers will also show up in the generated TOC without the need to renumber those items.
▸ Remove unwanted format attributes, line breaks, etc. Tip: for large TOCs, WordPerfect's Edit, Find and Replace can find and remove the unwanted format codes in just the TOC if you select it first.
▸ Fix problems such as run-together TOC entry lines caused by prior use of Full (or All) justification in the document. For example: Just select the entire block of TOC material — including the [Def Mark][Gen Txt] ... [Gen Txt] codes — and then apply Left justification to that block.
Each time you regenerate a Table of Contents (or a List, or an Index) WordPerfect replaces the existing entries — i.e., everything between the paired [Gen Txt] ... [Gen Txt] codes. This can include custom formatting you added later into a generated TOC.
Therefore it might be best to refrain from adding text, creating new items (e.g., a Header or Footer) or changing formatting in the area inside (i.e., between) these paired TOC (or List or Index) codes until the final draft of the document, after it has been regenerated for the last time.
However, see Footnote 3 for more information — and an example of how to format a TOC into two columns that survives multiple regenerations of the TOC during editing.
Keeping this in mind, here are some more tips:
• Use WordPerfect table formatting on the TOC.
You could also select the TOC and click Table, Create (be sure to use Paragraphs as the Text Delimiter). WordPerfect will create a table using each TOC entry as a separate row. You can then insert other coulms or rows (right-click in the table and choose Insert) for other purposes, remove borders, etc.
[For several tips on using WordPerfect tables in a document see here.]
• Use WordPerfect table formatting to alphabetically sort a second TOC.
You can copy a newly TOC (be sure to include the [DefMark][GenTxt]...[GenTxt] codes that "bracket" the TOC) to another location — typically on a new page just after the first TOC.
Then, when you generate the document again, both of the TOCs will be generated — and you can then convert the second one into a table (as described in the above tip). The table can be sorted alphabetically (Tools, Sort, "First cell in a table row") by TOC entry. Obviously, this is best done on the final draft of the document, for the reasons discussed in the important note above.
After sorting the table:
You can remove the table's cell structure (i.e., lines and borders) with a choice on the Table Property Bar: Convert > "Separate text with paragraphs...".
Note that this can also be done from a dialog that pops up when you manually delete the [Tbl Def] code in Reveal Codes for that table.
Either way, this should restore the TOC to its normal formatting.
Be sure to verify the page numbers in each TOC in the final draft. (You can't be too careful.)
• Tables can be converted back to normal document text.
See the Txt2Tbl.html page for some tips here.
• Use WordPerfect column formatting on the TOC.
See Footnote 3.
You can create multiple versions of a Table of Contents at different locations in the same document, each one relevant just to the adjacent section of the document. (This trick is based on a tip described by Noal Mellott in a post on WordPerfect Universe.)
 If a TOC has not yet been defined, define it in the document as explained in Step 2 above. [You do not have to generate it at this time (see Step 3) to display all TOC entries, but no harm is done if you do.]
 Open Reveal Codes and look for these two TOC codes:
[Def Mark][Gen Txt].
[Note that the [Gen Txt] code is the first part of a paired code; the second part will appear at the end of the TOC entries after the TOC is generated (see Step 3 above), thereby "bracketing" all the TOC entries.]
 Carefully select the [Def Mark][Gen Txt] codes (using Shift+Arrow is often easier to select codes) and copy them to the Windows clipboard with <Ctrl+c>.
 Navigate to the next place you want a TOC to appear, optionally create a new blank page for that TOC with<Ctrl+Enter>, and paste the codes there with <Ctrl+v>. Repeat pasting these codes into different document locations, as desired.
 Generate the document as explained in Step 3 above to create the various TOCs ... then:
 Edit each TOC's entries to remove unwanted entries from that particular TOC to retain just those that are relevant to that section of the document. [Note that for longer TOCs this can cause changes in subsequent pagination, so you may have to add blank pages (with <Ctrl+Enter>) after the edited TOCs to retain the original "downstream" pagination.]
[Reason for the method: If you just use the TOC tab's Define button (the typical case), the program will remove all but the current set of TOC codes, so you can only have one TOC using that standard method. This is Working As Designed. Hence, you must use the copy-and-paste trick to insert multiple TOC codes at various locations.]
This completes the process ... except to note that if you re-generate the document (see Step 3 above) to refresh TOCs, an index, various lists, etc., you will need to do the TOC-editing step again. This is because using the Generate button removes all material between the paired [Gen Txt] codes (as explained above). Therefore all edits and changes in formatting to the TOC entries are best done on the final version of the document.
Alternative: Use a WordPerfect List at each location where a "Table of Contents" is needed. This feature is similar to a TOC in that it associates page numbers with entries in the List. It is less complicated than the above tip. But the downside is that you will need to manually mark each item in the document, whereas the Heading styles or custom-marked styles described elsewhere on this page can include the items automatically in a TOC.
Unexpected formatting in the Table of Contents is typically caused by extraneous formatting codes (e.g., [bold] or [italics], or [Tab] codes) that were included in the body text you manually selected and marked for the TOC (see Step 1 above).
Extraneous format codes can be deleted later in the generated TOC entry, but such post-TOC editing is subject to the TOC regeneration issue described in the "Editing..." tip above.
(a) use Reveal Codes and make precise body text area selections to exclude any adjacent format codes when manually marking up the items for the TOC;
(b) forego applying formatting attributes (bold, italics, etc.) directly to the text in your document's "headings" and simply apply a standard Heading style to the text (or apply a specially "marked" custom style; see the column on the right). These special styles can internally contain the desired formatting codes for the body text to which the style is applied, along with the necessary special TOC marking codes. When the TOC is generated using such special styles, the formatting is omitted from these TOC entries, leaving just the text in the TOC entries — normally, the desirable result. (Formatting can be applied to the TOC later, as explained in the "Editing..." tip above.
If you have lots of "non-style" (i.e., plain text) items to mark, you can record your TOC-marking steps to create a macro to mark them more quickly (once they have been selected) for a particular TOC level. Select an item, then use Tools, Macro, Record and click Tools, Reference, Table of Contents, then click [Mark 1] for a top-level entry, [Mark 2] for a second-level entry, etc. Stop recording with the stop button ( ) on the macro toolbar.
Hypertext: When WordPerfect generates a TOC, it typically creates hyperlinks around the page numbers in the TOC. [This assumes you have enabled the Build hyperlinks option when generating the TOC (Step 3 above).]
¤ Hyperlinks become "active" when you enable Tools, Settings, Environment, Activate Hyperlinks. This setting is stored with the document when it is saved.
¤ See also "Why some hyperlinks can fail to work while inside WordPerfect documents (.WPD, .WPT)".
To make just the TOC headings — the text entries in the TOC — into hyperlinks, rather than using hyperlinked page numbers: When you define the TOC (Tools, Reference, Table of Contents, Define) choose "No Numbering" for the Numbering Format for each level of the TOC. All TOC entries will become hyperlinked.
Change the dot leader characters that connect to page numbers. The program typically uses dot leaders to connect TOC entries with their associated page numbers. But you don't have to settle for the default "dots". See Footnote 5 for how to change them or add spacing between each character.
Auto Generate option. Note that the "Auto generate" option at the bottom of the Reference Tools dialog is enabled (ticked) by default when you first install the program. [This image shows it disabled — the author's preference:]
Some users have found that if this option is enabled one or more irritations or problems can occur, such as:
(1) a reminder message will pop up each time the document is saved or printed and has not been re-generated; and/or
(2) the cursor can unexpectantly move to the bottom of the screen; and/or
(3) selected text might not be printed (WP11 and later versions); and/or
(4) printing can sometimes be slowed.
The remedy is the same: Disable the option — but remember to manually re-generate the document (Tools, Reference, Generate) whenever changes are made to it that might affect any reference tools you have used.
IV. How to "mark" a custom text style for automatic inclusion of its text in a Table of Contents
The information above describes how to manually mark ordinary text so that the text will appear in a Table of Contents (TOC), and also describes the several standard heading styles (Heading 1 through Heading 5) included with WordPerfect.
The five Heading styles automatically mark the text to which they are applied in such a way that the text will be automatically included as an entry in a TOC.
But what about using custom styles? How can they be set up to automatically include their text in a Table of Contents?
[Note: For WordPerfect Lists, another Reference tool, and Outlines, which basically are specially numbered styles, see the notes under Step 4 below.]
For those who use styles to format a document's section headings, topic headings, subtitles, or other divisional text this is a common question since these items probably should be included in a TOC.
Moreover, most people would want them to be included automatically in the TOC once the style is applied to this type of text in the body of the document.
For example, a WordPerfect user who was hunting for information on how to do it double-clicked on various standard Heading [Style] codes in Reveal Codes to view their contents and saw a unique code inside each one — which turns out to be a special code that is used to include, or "mark," the Heading style's text for inclusion in a TOC. [Note: These codes are discussed in Step 1(b) above.]
This prompted the following exchange:
Q: "I notice that inside the Heading 1 through Heading 5 styles the appropriate [Mrk Txt T.O.C.] code is included. How can I create a new style and include this code? The 'Help' suggests that it is possible but the 'How to' doesn't address it."
A: "It's a little tricky, but simple. Here's how:"
(a) create a new Paragraph heading style or new Character style with Format, Styles, Create (see the custom styles page if you need help);
(b) edit an existing Paragraph or Character style with Format, Styles, <stylename>, Edit.
WordPerfect has five built-in TOC styles, TableofCont1 ... TableofCont5, that are used to format the generated TOC's text and which are visible in Reveal Codes in the TOC area. These special styles are different from the custom styles to be used in the body text area that are being described here, so if you intend to edit an existing Paragraph or Character style to mark it for inclusion in the TOC you should ignore these special TOC styles in the Format, Styles dialog list. [Advanced users: For more about these special TOC styles and how they can be modified, see the tip below.]]
Either way, a Styles Editor dialog opens (shown in the next step).
At the bottom of the Styles Editor dialog be sure to enable (tick) the two check boxes "Reveal codes" and "Show 'off codes'".
The first box lets you edit the Contents area by making format codes visible, and is typically enabled by default.
Enabling (ticking) the second box lets you perform Step 3.
If you are creating a new style, the Contents field will be empty. You should enter the format codes in the Contents field that will be applied to any text when you apply the style to it.
For example: If you want to create a new Character style that will apply bold, small caps formatting to selected body text, and then mark that text for inclusion in your Table of Contents, click on the Styles Editor's Format, Font menu and check (enable) the "Bold" and "Small caps" options, then click OK to return to the Styles Editor and its Contents field. You should see the new codes for [Bold] and [Sm Cap]. [For more information on styles, see here.]
In the Contents field of the Styles Editor, select just the single, long code labeled [Codes to the left are ON, codes to the right are OFF].
An easy way to do this with your mouse is to put the block cursor in front of this code (just click there) as shown, then hold down the <Shift> key, and press the <Right Arrow> key once.
For most typical heading styles, don't select any other formatting or numbering codes in the Contents field unless you also want their formatting to be applied to those heading items in the Table of Contents, too.
Such mis-selection can result in a common problem whereby parts of the generated TOC are (e.g.) in different colors or sizes or have other unwanted formatting. [If you do want to format the TOC itself you should do so by following the tip below ("Editing the Table of Contents" and related tips).]
While this long [Codes to the left...] code is selected (a [Select> code appears just to the left of it as shown in the image above) click Tools, Reference, Table of Contents from the Styles Editor's menu at the top of that dialog. The Reference Tools dialog (or, in earlier versions, a Table of Contents bar) should appear:
Step 4(a) On that dialog (or bar) decide on one of the TOC levels (e.g., for the example here we would choose [Mark 2] for a second level TOC entry) and click its button.
Step 4(b) Click on the [Close] button to go back to the Styles Editor.
Note here that the "Auto generate" box on that dialog was disabled — i.e., not ticked — for this example. This is the author's general preference; see above for the reasons.
You should now see a pair of [Mrk Txt T.O.C.] codes appear, bracketing the [Codes to the left...] code in this sequence:
[Mrk Txt T.O.C.>[Codes to the left...]<Mrk Txt T.O.C.]
[Here, the block cursor in the Contents field was moved to the upper left of the field in this image to let you see the entire Contents field.
Note also that when you bracket the long [Codes to the left...] code with any pair of format codes (as was done here), the "Show 'off codes'" box will have no further effect: The long code will always be visible in the Editor for that style.]
¤ WordPerfect Outlines
You can use the above method to mark an Outline's levels, too, since they also contain embedded Paragraph styles. (Outlines can be created with Insert, Outline... — or even more quickly with the automatic numbering method described here.) In this case you probably want to include the outline item's number in the TOC, so include the [Para Num] code inside the paired TOC codes, using the <Shift+RightArrow> method above.
Shorter blocks of text used for an Outline level (e.g., a section heading) that are marked for inclusion in the TOC might be preferable to several long paragraphs, since all paragraphs of text in that Outline level will show up in the TOC as a single TOC entry. (They are all marked for inclusion using the method above.)
You can easily work around this issue of too-large TOC entries by simply stopping the outline immediately after a short phrase or sentence (i.e., used as the section heading), then indenting the following paragraphs of normal text to match the Outline's indentation, then starting the Outline again for the next numbered item. [See the Outlines page or the automatic numbering page for methods of quickly starting, stopping, or toggling outlines as you type.]
The short phrase or sentence will then show up by itself in the TOC, since the following paragraphs in that Outline level were essentially excluded from that level's style.
¤ WordPerfect Lists
Each item is (or already should be) marked for inclusion in the List, and when the List is generated the list item will point to the page where the item is located — just like a TOC. Thus you probably would not want every item in the List to also appear in a TOC. However, to include a single reference in the TOC to the entire List, use a text phrase to introduce the List (e.g., "List of Figures") in the body text area and then either apply a standard WordPerfect Heading style to that phrase in the document or apply a custom style to it that was previously internally marked as describe above.
Step 5(a) Close the Reference Tools dialog (or, in earlier versions, the TOC bar) if it is open.
Step 5(b) Then click OK to dismiss the Styles Editor.
Step 5(c) When you are ready to create the TOC see the method above.
IV(a). Options for styles marked for the TOC
• Want to reuse the new custom text style above ("...for automatic inclusion...in a Table of Contents") in other new documents?
While you are editing the same document that contains the new paragraph Heading style that is now marked for the TOC, save (i.e., copy) the style to your default template so that it can be used in any new (blank) document based on the default template:
From the program's main menu, use Format, Styles, <select the style from the list>, Options, Copy, Default template, OK.
[You can also save it in a custom template, or even save it to disk so you can retrieve it later: see here.]
Here's how to create such a "back link" (a.k.a. "return link," "reverse link").
¤ Back-linking can be used with any text, not just with a custom text style described above: Just use Method B in Step 2.
¤ With either Method below it can be helpful to open Reveal Codes first.
Step 1: Be sure to use this step with both methods:
• Create a bookmark at the top of the Table of Contents area. This is where WordPerfect will return to when the user clicks the reverse link. Just use Tools, Bookmark, Create and give the bookmark a name, such as CONTENTS, then click OK to close the Bookmark dialog. This puts a [Bookmark] code in the document at the cursor location.
• Be sure the bookmark is created outside (i.e., above or to the left of) the [DefMark][GenTxt]...[GenTxt] codes, so that it will not be accidentally deleted if you decide to regenerate the Table of Contents. For example, if the title above the TOC is "CONTENTS" then a good place for the bookmark code is just to the left of that word's first letter.
Step 2: Use just one of these two methods for your desired hyperlink:
Method A: To create a back link to the TOC using a custom text style (above), add the hyperlink inside the custom text style's format code:
• In the Styles Editor's Contents pane: Select the "long code" ("Codes to the left...") as described in Step 3 of the "mark a custom text style" above. Then use Tools, Hyperlink to open the Hyperlink Properties dialog.
• In the Hyperlink Properties dialog: The Document/Macro field in that dialog should be set to the default of <current document> *. Click in the Bookmark drop list in that dialog to select the existing bookmark name (e.g., CONTENTS). [Screen shot] Click OK to close that dialog. A pair of [Hyperlink] codes should surround the long code. When you are finished creating or editing the style and the style is applied to some document text, that text becomes a clickable link.
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* Use the Document/Macro field's default <current document> choice when linking anywhere inside the currently open (on screen) document. To link to some other document on your disk, you can click the Browse button on the right side of the Document/Macro field.
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Method B: To create a back link to the TOC using any document text, add the hyperlink in the main document's text areas (i.e., body text, header, footer, footnote, endnote, text box, etc.):
• In the main document area: Select some document text to use for the reverse link. This can be in the body text, or inside a header or footer or other document "substructure" such as footnote, endnote or text box. Then use Tools, Hyperlink to open the Hyperlink Properties dialog.
• In the Hyperlink Properties dialog: The Document/Macro field in that dialog should be set to the default of <current document> *. Click in the Bookmark drop list in that dialog to select the existing bookmark name (e.g., CONTENTS). [Screen shot] Click OK to close that dialog. A pair of [Hyperlink] codes should surround the previously selected text. The text immediately becomes a clickable link.
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* Use the Document/Macro field's default <current document> choice when linking anywhere inside the currently open (on screen) document. To link to some other document on your disk, you can click the Browse button on the right side of the Document/Macro field.
• Use File, Publish to PDF to create a PDF from the current document. Note that the Publish to PDF dialog that appears has a Settings button (bottom right side). Click it, and under the Document tab verify that the options to "Include hyperlinks" and "Generate bookmarks" are enabled (ticked).
• Using a header or footer to contain the hyperlinked item that links back to a Table of Contents (or similar structured text) has the advantage of displaying the hyperlinked item on every page where the header or footer is present. This might be a nice convenience for the reader, especially if the document is published as a PDF file. (Newer WordPerfect versions are much better at carrying hyperlinks over to the resulting PDF file.)
[For an example that uses two footers (A and B) to hold the hyperlinks to the Contents page, see the Automating WordPerfect Templates PDF here. Note that the clickable links in the PDf's footers (and in some of its footnotes) is a small, blue, upward pointing triangle symbol (▲); also, all underlines were removed from the links (see tip below).]
• The above methods (particularly Method B) can be used to create hyperlinks to other parts of the document, such as a particular section or chapter, an index, a WordPerfect List, a specific table or graphic, etc. Just create the appropriate bookmark (in Step 1) at those locations.
• You can also link to another document or web address in the Hyperlink Properties dialog's Document/Macro field: See WordPerfect's Help (F1) and search "Creating Hyperlinks".
• If a hyperlink doesn't seem to work at all, see "Why some hyperlinks (hypertext links) can fail to work while inside WordPerfect documents" here.
• You can remove underlines from hyperlinks in the current document from the main WordPerfect menu:
Click Format, Styles, and select Hypertext in the 'Available styles' list. (Note: If no Hypertext style is present in the document, the style name will not appear.) Then click Edit and delete the [Und] code in the Contents pane; then click OK.
Note that this changes all hyperlink styles in the current document, even those that are used in cross references, and including the page numbers in the Table of Contents. (It's an all-or-nothing situation.)
IV(b). Tips for styles marked for the TOC
• Remember: You do not need to create a style in order to mark some text for inclusion in a TOC.
As noted in Step 1 in "How to create a Table of Contents," just manually select the text and click Tools, Reference, Tables of Contents, and then click the [Mark] button of choice.
However, creating your own custom styles with the TOC-marking codes inside them (as described above) will let you apply other formatting to the text items at the same time you mark those items for inclusion in the TOC. This is the same thing the standard factory-shipped Heading styles do.
You will also be able to quickly change the TOC level of particular custom styles by simply editing any instance of the style (see Steps above) to replace the TOC marks with new ones.
You can also use a macro such as ReplStyl to replace one such style with another. For more on styles, see here.
• Editing the Table of Contents.
Once the TOC is generated (Step 3 in "How to create a TOC"), you can edit it — it is made up of ordinary text between the two special [Gen Txt] codes — to remove any unwanted attributes, and remove any line breaks to "glue" the multiple-line entries into a single entry in the TOC. You can also format it differently by applying format codes directly to the TOC entries.
Be aware that these changes will disappear if you re-generate the TOC: Everything between the paired [Gen Txt] codes will be deleted and replaced whenever you generate the TOC again. (For more permanent TOC formatting see the "Advanced topic" tip below.)
For more of formatting the TOC, see "Custom TOC layouts..." above.
• Multi-level TOC.
You can create multi-level Table of Contents entries by choosing the appropriate TOC level (e.g., [Mark 2], [Mark 3], etc.) while using the method described above. You will need to create (or edit) several styles, one for each level.
If you want to reduce the spacing between a Paragraph heading style (e.g., Heading 2 or MyHeading5) and the following body text (i.e., the next paragraph), see here.
• Speed up marking entries.
If you have lots of "non-style" (i.e., plain text) items to mark for inclusion in the TOC, you can record your TOC-marking steps to create a macro to mark them more quickly (once they have been selected) for a particular TOC level. Select an item, then use Tools, Macro, Record and click Tools, Reference, Table of Contents, then click [Mark 1] for a top-level entry, [Mark 2] for a second-level entry, etc. Stop recording with the Stop button on the macro toolbar.
In contrast to the formatting contained in standard or custom document Heading styles, the formatting of the generated TOC area itself is governed by up to five predefined TOC styles: TableofCont1 ... TableofCont5.
These built-in styles apply to the TOC levels you have chosen to use in the Define Table of Contents dialog (Step 2 in "How to create a TOC"), and they apply only to the current document. However, they can be edited with Format, Styles to change their format codes for the current document's TOC.
[For a macro technique to do this, see Footnote 4. You can also create new TOC paragraph styles (to format just the generated TOC area) with Format, Styles, and then "attach" them to each TOC level with Tools, Reference, Table of Contents, Define, Styles.]
The changes become effective in the document immediately, so you can do this either before or after a TOC has been generated in that document. Re-generating the same document's TOC will not effect their new formatting since the formatting is now contained inside the TOC page's style code(s).
As noted above, you do not need to create a style in order to mark some text for inclusion in a TOC. You can simply select the text and click Tools, Reference, Tables of Contents, and then click the [Mark] button of choice. This procedure can be automated with macros. See Footnote 1.
• For some general information about styles and several links to related pages about styles on this site see here.
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[Tip: Macros such as those below can be copied into WordPerfect. See here for brief instructions.]
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.....Dot leaders (see references to them in the above sections) place a series of periods (full stops) before the desired text.
a Table of Contents they are used (by default) to give a visual
connection between the TOC entries and their associated page numbers.
1. Place the cursor where you want the new dot leader characters to take effect (e.g., at the very top of the document). Note that the new leader characters will automatically replace any existing leader characters further down in the document.
2. Click Format, Line, Tab set. This opens the Tab Set dialog. (Yes, that's correct!)
3.Type a new keyboard character in the Dot leader character box. (Tip: You can also use a character symbol inserted from the symbols dialog (Ctrl+W).)
4.(Optional:) Type or select a number in the Spaces between characters box. (Default=1)
5.Click Set, then Close.
This inserts a new [Dot Lead Char] code in the document at the cursor location.
• If you carefully select just that new code in Reveal Codes you can turn it into a QuickWord for quick and easy access in the future while in any document. Typically (but not necessarily) you would use the QuckWord at the very top of the document so that any existing dot leaders will be instantly converted to leaders with the new character.
• If you double-click on that [code] you can change the leader character again.