I would like a script to update all tables of content in my document. I tried

var t = app.activeDocument.tocStyles;  
for (var i=0; i<t.length; i++) {   

as suggested here, but for those TOC styles I do not uses it creates a new story. So, how can I figure out whether a TOC style is actually used? I know I can loop over all stories and check whether their storyType is StoryTypes.TOC_STORY, but I haven't figured out how to determine which TOC style that story then uses or how to refresh specifically that story. I even considered using


which would just use the menu action (which sounds like something to avoid), but in that case I fail due to the action being inactive - I must change the selection somehow first, but app.select(story) fails due to an invalid data type...

  • This might be off topic for graphic design as its a script question. You might have better luck getting an answer on stackoverflow.com
    – Lex
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 12:05
  • @Lex I've seen more helpful scripting answers here than on SO. I'd have asked there if the question were more about JavaScript itself, but this is more a question of the InDesign API Commented May 24, 2016 at 12:10
  • Still, in questions not to ask "Application Troubleshooting questions or other forms of technical support". I think it would fall under off topic (other scripting questions too, not this one specifically)
    – Lex
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 12:43
  • @Lex Then what's the point of the indesign-scripting tag? I'm not asking for troubleshooting or technical support. Commented May 24, 2016 at 14:04
  • But it is another form of technical support :p Its good point about the indesign-scripting tag... Anyway I'm not flagging it off topic, I hope you get an answer.
    – Lex
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 14:09

1 Answer 1


Ok, here's my "solution" so far, unfortunately relying on using menuActions:

function updateTOCs() {
    var stories = app.activeDocument.stories;
    for(var i=0; i < stories.length; i++) {
        var story = stories[i]
        if(story.storyType != StoryTypes.TOC_STORY)
  • I think that, at this date (almost 3 years passed!) this is the only way to do that. Thank you for sharing your solution.If only Adobe updated its scripting engine... :/ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 8:40
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    @GabrielRambaud Thanks, it's comforting to hear I'm not alone with this 😅 Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 9:14

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