Customizing the appearance of an index

Using the Entries page

Use the Entries page to set exactly how and what will be displayed for each of the entries.

Entries page of the Insert Index/Table dialog

Entries page of the Insert Index/Table dialog

To begin, click a number in the Level column to select the index level whose elements you want to format. (You will be able to apply your changes to all index levels later.)

The Structure line displays the elements for entries in that level. This line works the same way as for a ToC; see Customizing a ToC: Entries page for details.

Each of the items that can be added to the Structure line may have additional formatting. For example, you may want the page number to be a different size from the rest of the index text. To do this, apply a character style to one of the elements in the Structure line, as described for ToCs.

Formatting entries

You can apply additional formatting using the options in the Format section.

  • Alphabetical delimiter. This will display, as a means of separating index entries, the first letter of all the subsequent index entries. For example:

      A
      apple, 4
      author, 10
    
      B
      break, 2
      bus, 4
    
  • Key separated by commas. Arranges the entries in the index on the same line but separated by commas.

  • Tab position relative to Paragraph Style indent. When checked, entries are indented according to the settings of their individual formats. Where a paragraph style with an indent on the left is in use, tab stops will be relative to this indent. If this checkbox is not selected, tab stops will be relative to the left margin position.

Using the Columns page

Use the Columns page to change the number of columns for the index.

Columns page of the Insert Index/Table dialog

Columns page of the Insert Index/Table dialog

  1. Either enter the number of columns desired in the box labeled Columns or select the icon representing the number of columns.
  2. To evenly distribute the columns according to the page width, check the AutoWidth box. If it is unchecked, you can manually set each of the following by altering the associated spin box:
    • Width between each of the columns
    • Spacing between each of the columns
  3. You can choose to have a separator line between the columns:
    • Line: The width of the line.
    • Height: The height of the line.
    • Position: Relative position of the line to the table (top, middle, or bottom) if the height is less than 100%.

Using the Styles and Background tabs

Refer to Using the Styles tab and Using the Background tab for tables of contents.

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