So I have created a TOC in indesign, and for some reason everything has moved up by one page; ie. The category header sits below the first category for that section. It is bending my brain and I cannot see where the error is?

TOC needing to be fixed

TOC with characters on

TOC Style

What the final table needs to look like

Additional pages; Page 4 Blue Subheader has paragraph style that aligns with TOC and all subsequent pages of the same category have a duplicate paragraph style for the Blue Subheader NOT assigned to TOC in order for them to be skipped. Up until the next main category blue header.

Updated TOC

Page 4

Page 5

Page 8

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    Possible duplicate of How can I change the order of elements in a TOC without changing the layout?
    – user120647
    Oct 15, 2019 at 7:21
  • Please edit your post and add screenshots : normal view + hidden characters on
    – Vinny
    Oct 15, 2019 at 8:07
  • @Vinny That is done now can you help?Is it something to do with my pagination and numbering?
    – sarahdawn
    Oct 15, 2019 at 10:40
  • @sarahdawn Thanks, can you add a sample of a page like 5, 9 or 14 ?
    – Vinny
    Oct 15, 2019 at 11:23
  • @Vinny Thankkkk you!!!! I need to get this off to client asap so am so so so greatful for your help :)
    – sarahdawn
    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:59

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Ok I looked at the screenshots and can tell you what happens. In case of separate text frames, TOC will get the one on the left first. So you have several options : thread your frames, make a unique frame and use left indentation in order to position your title 1 or extend your title 2 frame to the left and again, use left indent.
If I had to do it, i would go for unique text frame. Multiplying frames usually multiply issues :-)

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