Tables of Contents (TOCs)
Manually building a table of contents for a large document is one of the punishments awaiting those who fail to use paragraph styles for headers and subheaders. InDesign’s ability to scour long documents (including Book documents composed of many individual files) to automatically create a table of contents is one of the great rewards for using paragraph styles.
Consider this document: each chapter header has a paragraph style called Chapter title applied to it. Major topics (like the one at the top of this page) have their own style, as do the headers under them (like “Preparation” just above). In some cases there are more granular headers used, too. In this book’s table of contents, I chose to include ...