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I'm just learning the Table of Contents feature in inDesign, and have learned a lot from tutorials but can't figure this one out.

When I create a TOC or update the current TOC, it always defaults to having a character style applied, even though there are none being used through the TOC menu, including the page numbers (thought this was my problem, but no).

I have to update the TOC and then go to the Character Style menu and select none in order for the paragraph formatting for each item to work properly.

Any ideas why it's doing this every time a TOC is applied?

Thanks!

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That probably happens because the paragraphs you are listing in the TOC has a Character Style assigned in the text. When the TOC lists them, it grabs not only the textual content but also the character style.

  • If you consistently want the character style to apply to your heading text but not in your table of contents, you can modify your heading paragraph style to auto-apply the character style with GREP. The character style will appear in your headings but not in the table of contents. – Merchako Nov 9 '17 at 7:56
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You should be able to fix this by specifying a paragraph style for your TOC

  • I am not sure if that will work. Doesn't a paragraph style always honor a character style? – magerber Aug 26 '17 at 20:01
  • Oops, You are right. – jseymour186 Aug 27 '17 at 5:09

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