Creating a Book Index Page on InDesign

An index page is essential to any book you’re going to publish and in this quick guide, I will show you how to generate one for your InDesign document.

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You’ll need to first open up the Index panel, which is used to organise everything for the index page on.  You can access the panel by going Window > Type & Tables > Index

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To add a new index entry, first highlight the word you want to add with the Type Tool.  Next on the Index panel click the Create a New Index Entry button on the bottom of the panel and hit OK on the window that pops up.

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The word will now be added to the index list, which is displayed Alphabetically.  The page number the index is on is also displayed.

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Once you’ve collected all your index entries, you can generate the page index by click on the Generate Index button.

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Click OK on the window that pops up.

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Your mouse cursor should now turn into a little block on text.  Click anywhere on the page to generate the index.

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And there you go!

You can use the index text like any other piece of text on InDesign, so you can change the colour or organise the text into columns.

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