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How To Make Table of Contents (TOC) in Word

In today’s tutorial, we will be looking at how to make a Table of Contents (TOC). A Table of Contents that can be updated at any time.

With MS Word Heading Styles, this can be done. To achieve this, the document is first formatted using MS Word Heading Styles. In this heading style, Heading 1 is used for the Main Heading. Heading 2 is used for the Sub Headings, and Heading 3 for Lower-Level Heading, and so on.

The TOC command uses these formats to build a Table of Contents. It reflects the heading names and their page numbers.

Get the computer/laptop, a pen/pencil and a jotter ready, while we use an example.MS Word Case Study

Case Study:

Using any Word document of your choice, in your system, make a Table of Contents for it.

The picture above is a part of the Word document we will be using for this illustration.

Create a Separate Page or an Empty Paragraph for the Table of Contents by pressing the Enter Key

Step 1:

Create a Separate Page or an Empty Paragraph for the Table of Contents by pressing the Enter Key.

Next, place the cursor on an empty paragraph in your open page.

Most preferably, this should be the document or a blank page near the start of the document.

From the diagram above, the cursor can be seen in an empty paragraph.

Format the headings of the documents using the heading styles in MS Word

Step 2:

Format the headings of the documents using the heading styles in MS Word.

To do this, go to the Home Tab.

Highlight the words to be formatted and then click on the Heading Style.

  Heading 1 for Main Heading.

  Heading 2 for Sub-Heading and so on.

with the cursor where the Table of Contents is to be inserted, go to the Reference Tab and click on Table of Contents

Step 3:

Next, with the cursor where the Table of Contents is to be inserted, go to the Reference Tab and click on Table of Contents.

A drop-down Built-in menu will appear where a choice is made between Automatic and Manual Tables.

If Automatic is picked, a choice is made between Table 1 or Table 2.

The Manual Table will need one to enter in the information of title and page number. Only the format is given.

For this tutorial, click on the Automatic Table 2.

See the Magic!!!

Word displays the Table of Contents showing Headings and page numbers.

Congratulations!!! You are a Genus!!!

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Tips:

Table of Contents can be formatted or customized.

To customize the Table of Contents, go to the Heading Styles under the Home Tab.

Click on the down arrow. This will bring out a drop-down menu.

On this menu, click on Create a Style.

A box ‘Create New Style from formatting’ will pop up. A new style can then be named and OK clicked.

But if not satisfied,

Click on the Change button. This will bring out a pop out box with more options.

Select the Style and Font and Click OK.

A new Heading Style will be added to your computer MS Word.

Check out the Next Slide for this TRICK.

The New Heading Style added is called Lydia

Look at the pictures on this slide.

The New Heading Style added is called Lydia.

Study it and play along.

Our Study on how to make Table of Contents was successful

Our Study on how to make Table of Contents was successful.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!