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Writer document with greyed out Table numbers in navigator pane

asked 2020-10-17 20:25:53 +0200

Christian M gravatar image

updated 2020-10-18 14:28:53 +0200


I have created a long time ago a LO Writer document that I use for writing all of my documents. I updated and changed it over the past few years and it is all fine. However I noticed that when I open up a blank document with that document the Tables 1, 2, and 4 are already in use in the navigator pane. See attached image:

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This means that when I then insert a table into the text file the first table will be automatically Table 3 and the next one then Table 5 and so on. Here's a screen shot of a current document I am working on:

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When I create a default blank Writer document then this issue does not exist:

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Currently I am using LO v6.4.4.1 (x64) on a Windows 10 Pro Laptop.

Is there a way to fix this numbering issue?

I don't want to set up the entire document manually from scratch again.


--Christian M


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The first one: Update to LibreOffice after 6.4.6 https://www.libreoffice.org/download/...

If that doesn't help try the safe mode: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/... When the error is gone you have to renew your user profile: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/U...

Alternatively you can explain: In which file format do you save? Was the file previously a DOC or DOCX file?

Someone can also look it up: To do this, reduce and anonymize your file (the error must be present) and upload the file here.

To upload, edit your initial question and use the paper clip icon. Thank you.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2020-10-18 09:16:01 +0200 )edit

Thank you, ebot.

Tried with LO v6.4.6.2 and also started it in Safe mode. Unfortunately the issue is still there.

I have now sanitised and attached my file.

FYI - I created it a couple of years ago with LO v4.x, I can' remember the version, and updated it over the years with newer versions of LO. The latest update was made with LO v6.4.4.1.

Thank you very much for your help !

--Christian M

Christian M gravatar imageChristian M ( 2020-10-18 14:31:15 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-10-18 15:26:06 +0200

ajlittoz gravatar image

updated 2020-10-18 15:50:51 +0200

Your document contains custom page styles Index Right, Index Left and Index Standard with fancy headers. These headers are made with 2-column tables.

As long as your document does not contain such a page, the table names are grayed out and you can't jump to them double-clicking.

If you feel like having your "content" tables sequentially numbered, without the header tables in the way, rename the header tables:

  1. create a page with the desired page style
  2. the table name is now enabled
  3. right-click on it and Table>Rename
  4. give it a meaningful name such as "Index Right Title Block"
  5. delete the page

Side remark: table names such as Table99 are not very useful because they are numbered and listed in order of creation, not in document order. I prefer to systematically rename them with a descriptive name so that I can identify quickly the one I want to navigate to.

Organisation remark: save your document as a template to eliminate the risk of overwriting it in case you forget to Save As instead of Save. You can even make it your default template so that all your future documents will be automatically formatted based on this template.

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Many thanks, ajlittoz.

In the past few weeks I had no need to use the "Index Right/Left/Standard" Page definitions anymore. By deleting these definitions the issue has been resolved.

I also now remember what I did that caused this issue in the first place:

When I defined these Index pages I added a table to the header and put some text into it that should appear automatically when I insert an Index page.

But now I have no need for these pages anymore.

I will also take note of your tip with renaming tables to something different when I need.

Again, many thanks for your help!

--Christian M

Christian M gravatar imageChristian M ( 2020-10-18 15:41:20 +0200 )edit

You're welcome

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-10-18 15:51:06 +0200 )edit
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