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Make An Automatic Table Of Contents In Word

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

If you’ve ever had to prepare a long document, report, or manuscript, you’ve probably needed a table of contents. But typing in and checking numbers can be a giant pain. If you’re using Microsoft Word, there’s an easy way to do it.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that the chapters or sections you want to refer to in the table of contents have a particular style for the heading.

Select the chapter number or title and then click Styles.


From the options offered, you’ll need to select a heading style, such as Heading 1, 2, 3, or 4.  You will need to do this for every section or chapter you want to be displayed in the table of contents.


You’ll need to insert a blank space or paragraph in the document where you want the table of contents to go and set your cursor where you want it inserted.


Choose the References tab at the top, then select Table of Contents.


Select the type of table you want. You can also choose to look for tables online or create a custom one.


Boom! You have a table of contents with the page numbers. Plus it’s also clickable. Users reading a digital document can click on the chapters and be taken to that location in the document.


If you make alterations to the document that change the page count, the pages will change in your table. It reads those headings styles and not the page numbers.

~ Cynthia


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