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Generating the Index

Once you’ve marked all the entries you want to include in your index, you’re ready for Word to compile the index and place it in your document. When Word compiles the index, it gathers all the entries you’ve marked, assigns page numbers as you’ve specified, and alphabetizes the entries. Finally, after you click OK, Word places the index at the insertion point.

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Review your document

Although you can update an index easily by pressing F9 (which means you can go back and edit your index entries if you choose), you’ll lose any additional formatting choices you make after the index is compiled. So it’s worth your time, before Word compiles the index, to go back through the document and review your index entries to make sure you haven’t missed anything important. To display the index entry codes, click the Show/Hide button on the Standard toolbar. Then page through the document to review important headings, sections, and captions for inclusion in your index.



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