Table of contents

How to automatically import table of contents from PDFs to flipbooks, and how to update the table of contents

Including a table of contents in your flipbook can provide advantages, such as giving readers a clear overview of the publication's content and structure. In this article, I will provide you with all the necessary information on how to add and modify a table of contents. 

How do I add a table of contents to my flipbook?

There are two ways you can add a table of contents:

1. Starting with a PDF

If you upload a PDF that contains a table of contents, it is important for the TOC to be well-formated. Here’s how to properly make a table of contents in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Important: To avoid any inconsistencies, do not export your PDF as a spread before uploading it in Flipsnack, as the TOC might not be detected. 

Once you have uploaded your PDF file, you will be redirected to the Customize page. You will be able to view the TOC in the flipbook’s navigation bar if your PDF file contains a properly formatted table of contents.  If your PDF file does not contain a table of contents or if the table of contents is not formatted properly, the Table of contents option will be disabled.

Note: This feature is available starting with the Starter plan onward.

You can also access the Table of contents by clicking on the Table of contents button in the menu on the left. The Activate table of contents checkbox will be on by default, but you can turn it on or off anytime. Here you can also modify, remove, or add new chapters or subchapters. 


2. Starting from scratch

You can also add a table of contents even if you create a publication from scratch. To do so, go to Customize, then click on Table of contents, and check the Activate Table of contents checkmark. Click on Add new to add a new Chapter or Subchapter. You can then edit the name and the page where you want to add it. Of course, you can also delete chapters or subchapters at will. 


How do I modify my table of contents?

Whether you uploaded a PDF or started from scratch, you can modify the table of contents by accessing the publication’s Customize page. There are three ways to reach the page:

1. While in the main dashboard, choose a flipbook and click on the Customize button.


2. In the Design Studio, you can find the Customize button at the top right. You can either click on the first blue icon or the arrow next to the Share now button.


3. If you are on the Details page of a flipbook, scroll down until you find the Preview section on the right side of the page. The Customize button is under the flipbook preview.


Once on the Customize page, click on the Table of contents button in the menu on the left. Here you can modify, remove, or add new chapters or subchapters, as well as enable or disable the TOC.


What happens if I rearrange pages in the flipbook?

Let’s say that you have added a chapter on page 5. If you rearrange the pages, and page 5 is now page 3, the chapter/subchapter will automatically appear on page 3. The chapter is associated with the page you add it to, not the page number. 

What happens if I delete a page which contains a chapter/subchapter?

The chapter/subchapter will still show up in the table of contents, but it will not be associated with a page. Naturally, clicking on it will not work. In this case, you can either delete the chapter/subchapter or assign it a new page.

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