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Chapter 22. Building More Effective Indexes > Creating a New Index Entry

Creating a New Index Entry

The quickest way to mark an index entry is to select the text you want to appear in your index and press Alt+Shift+X. Alternatively, you can choose Insert, Reference, Index and Tables; click the Index tab; and choose Mark Entry. Either way, the Mark Index Entry dialog box opens (see Figure 22.1). The text you've selected appears in the Main Entry text box. In some cases, that text serves perfectly well as your index entry.

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If you plan to create an index entry that doesn't use any of the words in the surrounding text, don't select any text before pressing Alt+Shift+X. The Mark Index Entry dialog box appears with no text already present in the Main Entry or Subentry text boxes.

Although it's convenient to display the Mark Index Entry dialog box with text already present, many professional indexers find it quicker to type the entry they want than it is to edit the text Word inserts automatically.



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