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Building an Index

Both QuarkXPress and PageMaker have more or less the same functionality when it comes to building an index, but neither of them lets you make one automatically—and neither does InDesign. Indexing manually is tough and often tedious, though these tools can speed the process for you a little. Because few people need indexing, we only offer the basics here. For an in-depth look, see Real World InDesign CS.

Indexing Topics

Some folks start indexing with a list of topics (or entries) they want to use in an index. For example, if you are writing about animals, you might want to predefine topics (categories) for Felines and Canines, even before starting the indexing process. To create a list of topics, open the Index palette from the Window menu and click the Topic button located along the top of the palette (see Figure 41-2). Then select the New Topic command from the palette menu or click the New icon at the bottom of the palette. Later, you can attach specific entries, called references, in your document to the topics you have added. Creating a list of topics is optional.


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