The Word Table of Contents: Create Document TOC with few Clicks!
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A Word table of contents (TOC) is a guide at the beginning of a
document/book that tells the reader where to find sections within a document.
The table of contents lists section headings and their corresponding page
Microsoft Word has a wonderful built-in function to create a table of contents,
using headings within a document or from an outline. Here we will tell you how
to create a TOC using heading styles.
To create a Word Table of Contents
Make sure your document is finished and formatted with heading styles.
Position your cursor at the place in the document you'd like the TOC to
From the Insert menu, point to Reference and click on Index
From the Index and Tables dialog box displayed, click the Table of
Under the General section, choose the pre-defined styles Formats:
Indicate the heading depth you would like displayed in the TOC by modifying
the Show levels: box.
Other options already pre-selected by default: Show page numbers: You can show (or omit) page numbers in the TOC. Right align page numbers: Make your page numbers right align in the TOC.
You can modify the Tab leader, which controls the appearance of the
space between the end of the section title and the page number in the TOC.
Once finish, click OK.
To update a Table of Contents
Right click on the area to the left (or within) the TOC and select Update
Field from the pop-up menu. This will display the Update Table of
Contents dialog box.
From the Update Table of Contents dialog box displayed, you can
choose to update page numbers only or entire table.