Specifying Chapter and Page Layout Breaks

After you create a page layout and configure its frames and settings as necessary, you need to associate the page layout with the appropriate content. In most cases, you will probably want to associate different page layouts with various entries in your outline TOC (so that different page layouts can be used for different parts or chapters in a manual). Otherwise, you would associate a single "master" page layout with an entire target or project; in that case, the same page layout will be applied to all topics in that target or project. You can associate a page layout with an outline TOC entry with or without creating a chapter break at the same time.

Following are steps for creating chapter breaks and associating page layouts with TOC entries. Before completing these steps, you must first create an outline TOC. See Creating a TOC Manually.

In addition to specifying page layouts, chapter breaks also allow you to generate output in multiple files (as opposed to just one file), although a "multi-chapter" output can also be contained in a single file, depending on the output type. With chapter breaks, you can also take advantage of autonumbering at the chapter level and automatically include endnotes at the end of each chapter. Finally, setting a chapter break can have an effect on whether a generated TOC can be included in the output (if you are producing Word or FrameMaker output).