There are two ways to work with a table of contents in your publication:
- Automatically import it from the original file;
- Add it manually using the FlippingBook Publisher internal tools.
The second method, creating the table of contents manually, is useful for cases where there is no table of contents in the source document, or it cannot be imported.
How do I import my table of contents from the original file?
In order to import your table of contents automatically, you need active bookmarks in your PDF file — you can see these bookmarks by opening your PDF in any PDF viewer:
If your file contains such a bookmark structure, FlippingBook Publisher will extract them upon file import and they will appear as a table of contents:
You can then edit your imported table of contents using the tools available in FlippingBook Publisher. The same tools are used to create the table of contents manually.
How do I create a table of contents manually for my publication in FlippingBook Publisher?
To create a table of contents after your PDF has been imported into FlippingBook Publisher, you need to do the following:
Select the «Table of Contents» tab on the right of the project window:
Here you can add items to the table of contents.
To start creating a table of contents item, go to a page to which you’d like to add a table of contents and click on the «+» button in the «Table of Contents» tab — you will see the new item appear and will be able to edit its title:
Once you have finished with the title, you will see it as an active table of contents item, leading to the specified page:
To edit a table of contents item, right-click on it: You will be able to edit its title, remove it, insert a new item before or after it, and insert a new item into it — which will turn it into a group item in the table of contents:
To create a new group in a table of contents, click on the «Folder+» button in the «Table of Contents» tab — you will be able to edit its title:
Such a table of contents item functions as a directory for other items; it contains other items as second level items.
If you want to delete one of the items, select it in the «Table of Contents» tab and press the «—» button — this will remove the table of contents item from the publication:
And once your table of contents is ready, you can save it for future use and upload it to a different project later on if needed — just click on the menu on the right side of the «Table of Contents» tab to see these options. You can also clear all the items here:
For large publications you can help your readers by setting the table of contents visible by default.
Go to the «Properties» tab on the left of your project window. Select «Table of Contents» as the «Side Window» option from the «Publication Components» section: