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I have a large document that includes multiple chapters and multiple figures. When creating the table of figures, "F9", of the 40 table entries, 2 entries do not have a chapter identifier, only a page number. Both of these incomplete table entries have other figures on the same page that correctly reference both the chapter numbers and the page number.  Reinserting the figure caption does not resolve this problem.
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by:GrahamSkan
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Word documents are complex, so sometimes items such as internal pointers can get corrupted.

It might be worth copying the whole of the open document and pasting it to a new blank document. This forces Word to rebuild the document.
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by:olders
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I tried your suggestions, but it did not work. Thanks Anyway.
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by:GrahamSkan
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It is difficult to reproduce the circumstances.

Does the problem remain if most of the document is removed to leave just the failing part?
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by:olders
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I have reduced the file to the minimum size that reproduces the problem. I appears that the 2 problem figures are sectioned off in a second  column.
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by:GrahamSkan
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Is that enough for you to work get around the problem? Otherwise, could you post an example.
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Table-of-Figures-Missing-Chapter.docx
Posted example.
When I move the figures to the 1st column the problem is solved. I would classify this as a bug in Word. The work around is editing the table of figures after automatic updates..
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I agree with you, though Microsoft would probably describe it as 'an undocumented limitation'.

Chapters are governed by the section number. I guess that the combination of multi-column formatting and Continuous section breaks has confused Word into giving up the attempt.
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