Edit Concordance File

Create or edit a list of words to include in an Alphabetical Index. A concordance file lists words that should be referenced in an alphabetical index, together with the page number(s) where they appear in the document.

You can use the Find All button on the Find & Replace dialogue to highlight all places where a word appears, then open the Insert Index Entry dialogue to add that word and places to the alphabetical index. However, if you need the same set of alphabetical indexes in multiple documents, the concordance file allows to enter every word just once, then use the list many times.

To access the Edit Concordance File dialogue:

  1. Choose Insert - Table of Contents and Index - Table of Contents, Index or Bibliography - Type.

  2. In the Type box, select "Alphabetical Index".

  3. In the Options area, select the Concordance file check box.

  4. Click the File button, and then choose New or Edit.

A concordance file contains the following fields:

"Search term" refers to the index entry that you want to mark in the document.

"Alternative entry" refers to the index entry that you want to appear in the index.

The 1st and 2nd Keys are parent index entries. The "Search term" or the "Alternative entry" appears as a subentry under the 1st and 2nd Keys.

"Match case" means that uppercase and lowercase letters are considered.

"Word only" searches for the term as a single word.

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To enable the "Match case" or "Word only" options, click in the corresponding cell, and then select the tick box.


To create a concordance file without the Edit Concordance File dialogue:

Use the following format guidelines when you create a concordance file:

Search term;Alternative entry;1st key;2nd key;Match case;Word only

The entries "Match case" and "Word only" are interpreted as "No" or FALSE if they are empty or zero (0). All other contents are interpreted as "Yes" or TRUE.

Example

For example, to include the word "Boston" in your alphabetical index under the "Cities" entry, enter the following line in the concordance file:

Boston;Boston;Cities;;0;0

This also finds "Boston" if it is written in lowercase letters.

To include the "Beacon Hill" district in Boston under the "Cities" entry, enter the following line:

Beacon Hill;Boston;Cities;

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