A table of contents is a reader’s map. It provides an overview of what’s in the document and helps readers find a particular section quickly.
Create a basic TOC Tables of contents are found in many books and documents. A TOC can be a simple list of chapter titles or links, or it can include several outline and heading levels along with corresponding page numbers.
How it works Create a basic TOC Mark text to create a TOC.
Mark the text in your document that you want to appear in the TOC, such as a chapter title or section heading.
Collect that marked text together in one place.
There are two steps to creating a TOC in Word: You can mark text as you write.
Once you've built your TOC, you'll want to maintain it as the document changes.
Create a basic TOC
To update the TOC, select it and then press F9. Or click the Update TOC button on the Outlining toolbar.
Update the whole TOC or just page numbers.
Update your TOC Create a basic TOC Update the whole TOC or just page numbers. When you update the TOC, you’ll be asked if you want to update the entire TOC, including all the text entries, or just the page numbers.
Update your TOC Create a basic TOC Update the whole TOC or just page numbers.
Choose the page numbers option only if you’ve been adding body text but no new headings.
If you’ve added a new heading or changed any text included in the TOC, choose the Update entire table option.
More ways to mark entries Create a basic TOC Three ways to mark text for a table of contents There's more than one way to mark text for a TOC. As you saw in earlier practices, using built-in heading styles in your document is a quick and easy way of building a TOC. But you can also create your own custom styles.
If you don't like the appearance of Word's built-in heading styles, use a custom style.
Create a basic TOC The Styles and Formatting task pane That way, you can choose exactly how you want all the headings in your document — and the TOC — to look. The Styles and Formatting task pane is the place to start.
Mix and match Create a basic TOC You’ve seen how to create a TOC by using outline levels, heading styles, or custom styles individually. The Table of Contents Options dialog box You can also mix and match and use heading styles with outline levels or with custom styles. You can't use outline levels and custom styles in the same TOC, however.
Select the Styles check box to include built-in or custom styles.
Select the Outline levels check box to include outline levels.
If you use custom styles, match up the style you want with a TOC level.
The Table of Contents Options dialog box To ensure your TOC includes the correct entries, select the appropriate options in the Table of Contents Options dialog box.
Mix and match Create a basic TOC The Table of Contents Options dialog box As shown in the picture, outline levels and styles are both selected by default. However, you don’t have to use both outline levels and heading styles — just use the one you want.