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Old 06-28-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
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This pdf was created with ms office 2010 [see attached], i dont have ms office 2010. I like the TOC, specifically the not blue hyperlinks, these are all black. How could i create something similar using open office writer. anything not blue would be ideal, hyper link blue is
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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This pdf was created with ms office 2010 [see attached], i dont have ms office 2010. I like the TOC, specifically the not blue hyperlinks, these are all black. How could i create something similar using open office writer. anything not blue would be ideal, hyper link blue is
I use StarOffice (the commercial version of OpenOffice.org) to make a table of contents (TOC) similar to the one listed in your example in my long ebooks. I haven't worried about hyperlinks in the TOC, I just go the the table of contents, look up the page number for the item I want, and jump to that page number.

As far as making a TOC in OpenOffice Writer, the key is to first mark the items you want to appear in the TOC with a style (usually a paragraph style). As an example, with chapter headings I create a paragraph style called "Chapter Heading". Then, I mark each chapter heading with that style.

After I've marked the text that I want to appear in the TOC with the appropriate style, I insert a TOC into my ebook, usually at the beginning. The text marked with those style(s) will appear on the TOC, and it is possible to have 10 levels within the TOC.

I hope this helps.
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TY, my interest was specifically in creating black hyperlinks, i like the jump-to-link ability of my current TOC, i just wanted to loose the hyperlink blue look. any further ideas how open office can create a hyperlink TOC that is not blue?
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Xabache,

Instead of hyperlinks, what you may wish to use is cross-references. From the menu bar, choose "Insert-->Cross-reference". This will open a dialogue box titled "Fields".

From here, I make sure that in the "Type" box I have "Headings" selected. In the "Selection" box your headings will be listed and selectable. Finally, in the "Insert reference to" box, choose how you want the cross-reference to appear. I use "Reference", followed by a tab, followed by "Page" (making sure that I have the same selection for both Reference and Page), which yields something like this:

Heading 1 ........ 7

Note that to get the dots you must have the appropriate fill character selected for tabs in the paragraph style dialogue.

And you must have your chapter/section/whatever set as the appropriate heading style, of course.

If you export to PDF with OpenOffice.org (I've switched to LibreOffice, not that it matters), this method will also generate a set of bookmarks.

It's a little bit of a shift, thinking "hyperlinks" to thinking "cross-references", but cross-references are easier to maintain. If you want to stick with hyperlinks, you ought to be able to select the link and set the text color to black.

Either way, hope it works out for you,

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Old 07-01-2011, 04:32 PM   #5
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Cross references present the exact style i was looking for, thank you, but they dont appear to have any sort of prepackaged table format such as the standard index table offered, which is a must when creating a high volume of slightly different texts, that i can with a single click update the index to the next language for example. if i missed this tabled feature in cross references or a one touch update for same, let me know.

font color changing also seems ideal but i have yet to figure out how to change the font color inside an index table, whenever i select the index table the font color button fades out of use, and changing the header colors they link to makes no change in the standard hyperlink blue of their appearance. any ideas?
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #6
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Heh, yes, I've wished for a cross-referenced table generation function myself, but if there is one, I haven't found it. Perhaps there's a plugin somewhere that does this?

As for changing font colors, the best method I can find is to edit the "Internet Link" and "Visited Internet Link" styles in the character styles in the "Styles and Formatting" dialogue. What you can do is set the font effects to black (or whatever color you wish) and also remove the underlining if you desire. The catch is that any hyperlinks in the text body will also appear in that styling (the obvious workaround is to manually edit the styles of these links).

Now, a quick search reveals that it's possible to insert hyperlinks into the TOC, so combining this with changing character styles may yield the results and ease-of-use you are looking for.
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What is this "Visited Internet Link" crap ? Dude, just select the address and change the colour to black. You can even choose to have it without an underline, with a goofy font, whatever.



PS: It's called Libre Office now.
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Hmm. Well, if you take a moment to read the question, what Xabache is asking is how to change the attributes of text within an inserted index table. The only way to do that is to edit the component styles used to build the table... Dude.

But, it turns out that "Visited Internet Link" is not a relevant style.

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:01 PM   #9
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