12
February
2013

MS Word's table of contents feature sorted!

In the second of our three-part series I'm going to show you how to create a table of contents (TOC). You want Word to create the table for you. Gone are the days of manually typing the contents page and adding the page numbers.

But you can only create a table of contents if you have used Ms Word's built-in heading styles. You will find them in your Quick Styles Gallery on the Home ribbon. You can add numbering to them if you want numbered headings.
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You'll notice that you have two heading styles: Heading 1 and Heading 2. Actually there are nine levels of headings you can use. As soon as you use heading 2 heading 3 will appear and so on. So first you need to apply the heading style to the headings you have created. These styles will be used to create the table of contents. You can click on the style before you create the heading or type them all and then apply the style to each one.

How to add numbering to your heading styles

  1. You need to click on heading 1 in the Gallery
  2. Click on Multilevel list in the Paragraph group of the Home ribbon
  3. Select the option below from the List Library. Your headings will be numbered!

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Generate the table of contents

  1. Click where you want the TOC to go.
  2. Select References tab → Table of Contents

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  3.  Click on Automatic Table 1 and Voila! you have your first table of contents. Blog2 image5        

 

 

 

 

 

Experiment with changing page numbers and then update the TOC by right-clicking and selecting Update Field or clicking on the Update Table tab at the top of the TOC.

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