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OpenOffice: Table of Contents - No Space between Numbering and Headings

Question by Guest | 2015-02-16 at 18:31

I have created an automatic index or table of contents in the word processing program Open Office Writer. The page numbers and chapter titles are displayed correctly, but there is a problem with the display of the numbering.

I have automatically numbered my chapters and headings and those numbers are also written in to the table of contents. However, there does not appear any gap, blank or space between number and heading.

What can I do to insert some white space at this position? Unfortunately, I can not edit the index manually.

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You can define the gaps directly when creating the index as well as by editing the table later. Just do the following:

  1. Right-click onto your index and select "Edit Index/Table" from the context menu.
  2. Go to the tab "Entries".
  3. On this tab, you can find some settings regarding "structure and formatting" for each numbering level (you can select the letter from the left list). Next to "Structure", you can find something like E# E T # by default. This means, that in each line, first, there is the number of the numbering (E#), followed by the title of the chapter (E), followed by a tab (T) and the page number (#).
  4. We have to insert our space between the numbering (E#) and the chapter heading (E). For this, we klick into the empty space between both fields and select the button "Tab stop" or directly type some text (for example a blank). I recommend using a tabulator, because this lets you define an individual distance as space.
  5. Repeat this for each necessary level.
  6. After clicking "OK", your table of contents should have some spaces between numbers and titles.

If you have inserted some texts or tabs too much, you can select the element and delete it by pressing the "DEL"-key on your keyboard.
2015-02-16 at 22:14

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