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3.6 How to Create a Contents Page for Your Proposal

Hi there, so here we are in our proposal in progress document. And one thing that every proposal should have is a contents page. This is going to help your reader find relevant info quickly. They might want to show a colleague your financial breakdown or just take a quick glance at the people on your team. And a contents page is essential if you don't want them to get frustrated and toss your document to one side. People are busy, so you need to help them out. We're going to put the contents page on the first full spread of our document, which is Roman numerals page II. In this lesson, I'm going to show you how you can create a simple and stylish contents page and how to use styles to create it really quickly. So, let's get started. So in the background layer, use the rectangle tool to create a shape across the left page, and set the fill of this to 90% black sorted. Okay, lock that layer, and unlock the text layer. Let's get started with a heading. So using the type tool, create a text frame tool at the top of the left page, spanning the columns and type in table of contents. Let's set the font to Modelica ExtraBold, size 70 points. Up the tracking to 40 and set the font color to paper. In the paragraph styles panel, let's create a new style group and call it Contents And choose New Paragraph Style, let's call this Contents-Heading. Okay. New text frame over on the right page, type in our proposal. And click on the content's heading style to apply it. Obviously, with the white color, we can't see it, so we can tweak it. A 90% black font color, let's set the text to align right as well. Okay, great Now for the body of the content, so on the left page use the type tool to create a long narrow frame about a third of the way down the page. Type in the chapter number and title, which is 01 About Us. The font color is going to be paper, the font Metalica Bold, size 18 points and the tracking to 20 And as before, new paragraph's style, call this one Contents-Subheading, Okay. Okay, two ways to repeat this formatting. Cheat's way is to copy and paste the text frame and just adapt the text. Really quick to do. Or if you want to really learn how to use styles intuitively, you can create a new text frame below this one. Type in the next chapter number and title, which is 02 Meet the team, and click on the Contents-Sub-heading style to apply it. And then keep going until you have all your numbers and titles. Then you need to add page numbers, and personally, I've got no problem, we just manually type in page numbers when you've got quite simple documents like proposals, really long documents like books, they are a different matter. After that you will be looking at creating a TOC or a table of contents in InDesign, but here I don't think it's really necessary. So let's copy and paste the first chapter subheading, and move that over into a mirrored position on the right-hand page. And just tweak the font color to 90% black, and switch the alignment to Align Right. And then you can either save this as a new paragraph style, or like I'm going to do here, just copy and paste the text frame until you've populated the page. And edit the page numbers. You can put these as x for now if you like before you finish the whole document. A nice final touch might be to add lines beneath each subheading to make the contents list easier to read. So use the line tool to create one beneath the first subheading on the left hand page. And let's set the stroke color to paper. From the start panel, set the weight of the line to two points and copy and paste that line moving this below the second subheading. When you're happy that the alignments of both of these are the same, you can copy and paste the two lines as a pair and keep doing this until the page is filled up. Let's select all the lines on this page, and copy and paste them, and move them over to the right page into the same position. And change the stroke color to 90% black to match the text over here. Let's not forget the little asterisk on the heading and you're done, a really simple and stylish contents page. Just make sure to come back and update the page numbers here when you finish your document. Okay, great work so far. I hope you're enjoying creating your proposal because we've got more to come. In the next video, we're going to look at how you can map out your proposal. We're just going to let you know what content can be placed. And give you a sense of how each of your layouts is going to look. So as always, make sure to save your InDesign document and we'll come back to it in the next lesson.

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