Monday March 9, 2020

When it comes to work on a more complex document, I like to use my own styles, mostly because it highly elevates the layout readability - especially if You choose “Applied Styles” within the styles side panel (F11; this way the only things You’ll see on the panel are the styles used with this very document on which You’re working right now - moreover, as those styles are of Your Own making, each and every of them would be named in the best recognizable way for You to instantaneously know ‘what is what’).

Custom-header-based Table of Contents.

If You would like to have an automatically generated Table of Contents, You need to point out what particular kind of headers should be used as its basis. You can incorporate headers of multiple levels, tailored to Your Own needs. In my current work, for example, I use three levels of headers (without counting the title of the whole document) - I suppose, however, that most of the time two levels of header hierarchy should be completely fine for me personally.

An example of Writer’s ToC.

To set up custom headers as a base for Your Table of Contents is pretty easy - here You are how I do it, using Notebookbar (Writer menu, View › User Interface › Tabbed):

  1. Choose from the Writer’s menu: Tools › Chapter Numbering... › Numbering (tab) › Paragraph style › Heading 1 › Choose Your Custom Header Style Here.
  2. Confirm by OK.
  3. Go to References (tab) › Table of Contents.
  4. Once You set everything up, confirm by OK - Your Table of Contents should now be based on the headers You’ve pointed out earlier on.
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