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How can I delete an index entry? [closed]

asked 2012-08-16 01:56:37 +0200

BobMSC gravatar image

updated 2015-10-17 15:14:51 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have followed the Help instructions for How to Edit/Delete an Index Entry and Write does NOT work as the help instructions describe.
If I place my cursor in front of the entry to Edit/Delete and select "Edit" the drop down menu as the line "Index Entry" is grayed out. I have tried every possible action I can think of and nothing works.

I would like to complete the document I am working and do not want to have to start a replacement from scratch.

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I can't reproduce this neither with Windows nor with Linux. Which document type (odt or doc), which OS? Are you able to reproduce this when starting with a fresh document?

tohuwawohu gravatar imagetohuwawohu ( 2012-08-16 10:42:08 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-11-28 16:53:49 +0200

Buggrit gravatar image

Bit late after the point but I've just solved a similar issue with Version: Build ID: 410m0(Build:3)

I could not right-click on any of the indexed tables (I was using both a Table of Contents index and bibliography table). I mucked around rebooting and saving the file in different formats, which did not work. Then I looked into the menu/tools/options dialogue and went to the Libre Office |Writer section and then to the |Formatting Aids section. There is an option there called "Cursor in protected areas". I toggled that on (it was unchecked originally) and hey presto, all was back to normal. Hope this helps.


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Thank you so much! Just for Mac users: It's under Preferences (left-most app menu) and Writer, then Formatting Aids and the same Cursor in Protected Areas. Turn off as JB says and problem solved! Active Edit/Index Entry ready to go! For me it only works if I put the cursor just in front of word. But then the dialog that comes up lets you quickly go through each entry with an arrow icon.

ColoGameCoder gravatar imageColoGameCoder ( 2014-04-11 01:35:43 +0200 )edit

The problem persists. I have it in LO under Kubuntu 14.10. I have deleted my table of contents, but when I select the index field and Ediot > Index entry, there is NO delete button. How the dickens do I get rid of the things?

joneall gravatar imagejoneall ( 2015-04-01 17:38:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-11-20 21:26:20 +0200

7clem gravatar image

On once i've created too many index entries, I right click in the middle of the greyed word after making sure it's NOT selected, and not shown as mispelled then choose Index Entry and the Remove or delete button.

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answered 2012-09-10 10:07:04 +0200

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updated 2012-09-10 10:09:15 +0200

I ran into the exact same problem (Ubuntu 64/12.04LTS, LibreOffice Build ID: 350m1(Build:2))

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