If you want to learn how to add a table of contents to a Word document, continue reading below. Once you’ve written a comprehensive document with many pages, you’ll need to make it easy for your readers to view your content. But you have a lot of pages and sections, not to mention sub-sections. Writing each chapter by hand with the corresponding page number is not attractive. You should focus on writing and use automatic content instead.
A table of contents (also known as a “Table of Contents” or “TOC”) is usually located on the first page of a document and contains the sections and sections of the document with their page numbers.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add content to a Microsoft Word document.
How to add automatic content to a Word document. *
Note: This guide has been tested on Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2019/2016 using Windows 10.
1. Open the Word document you want to add a table of contents to.
2. Place the cursor where you want Table of Contents. *
* Recommended: After the cover page or on the page before your first chapter.
3. If you want to add a table of contents to the first page of your document, place your cursor before the first word of your document and click to add a blank page. Ctrl + Enter to move the content to the next page.
4. Go now References tab, click Contents and choose one of the two “Automatic schedule“types” in the name.
5. press OK At the Create Content prompt.
6. This step is very important for adding the table of contents. It takes some time, but it pays to get it right. In Microsoft Word, sections and subsections are called “headings,” and we use these headings to format the style in the section and subsection headings as follows:
- Sections -> Title 1
- Subsections -> Title 2
a. To change the style Chaptersspecify the chapter title(s) and House select the tab Title 1 of styles.
b. To change the style Small sectionsspecify the sub-section heading(s) and House select the tab Title 2 of styles.
7. Repeat the same process and change the style of all the chapter and sub-section headings with the appropriate title.
8. When done, Go to the page where you added the content.
9. Click inside the table and click Update table.
10. Congratulations, you have added a table of contents to your document.
1. If you add new chapters and subsections to your document, or new content that affects page numbering, click Return to Table of Contents. update table As mentioned in step 7, select and Refresh the entire table and OK.
2. To format the text style (fonts, color) of the table of contentsselect the entire row of each record (including tab leader and page number) and then select the style you prefer.
3. If you want to change TOC levels or tab leader style:
a. Click on TOC and from References Go to the tab Contents -> Personal content.
b. Here you can change the TOC style (tab head, levels, etc.).
4. To remove the table of contents from your document, click TOC and from References Go to the tab Contents -> Remove the content.
That’s it! This is how you can add a table of contents to a Word document.
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