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my 'update table' icon remains active on the top bar and in reference section but 'update index' (which i need just as much) has 'gone grey' and inactive; when i try to add the icon back (from customise quick access tool bar) the icon is no longer there. how do i retrieve it? or how, otherwise, can i reconstitute the ability to update index?



Well, first of all, let's assume you actually have an index. Without one, there'd be nothing to update. And if you do have an index, all you have to do to update it is to click in it and press F9 (Update Field), so I'm not sure that a button is really necessary. The same, of course, is true of the TOC or any other field.

You haven't said what version of Word you have (obviously Word 2007 or above), but the Update Index button can be found in the All Commands category. If the one you already have on the QAT is disabled, however, adding another is not going to help.
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I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


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