Tagging tools allow indexing codes to be embedded in the electronic text after the indexing is complete. The publisher or the indexer inserts numbered dummy tags in the files, and then builds the index separately. The final step uses macros to insert the indexing at each tag in the files. Many of these tools are developed in-house to fit the publishing group's needs.

A sample of index entries for Microsoft's tagged text system:


A sample of text tagged in preparation for Microsoft's tagged indexing system:


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