Table of Contents

Microsoft Word 2010

To automatically create a Table of Contents, your document headings should have been created using Styles. You can also create a manual table but that's a lot more work.

When you create a Table of Contents from heading styles, the list contains hyperlinks to the items within the text as well as the page numbers. Just click on them to jump to that location in the document.

Inserting An Automatic Table Of Contents 

  1. Edit your document so that the Table of Contents page is its own section. In this way you will be able to begin page numbering as number 1 in the body of your document.
  2. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the table.
  3. Display the References Ribbon and click on the button at the left side of the ribbon. The following list appears:
  4. Styles

  5. Choose Automatic table 1 or Automatic Table 2. (If you don't like either, refer to Modifying Table of Contents Format below.)

Modifying Table of Contents Format

If desired, you can modify the look of the TOC and/or specify how many heading levels to include in your document, as follows:

  1. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the table.
  2. Display the References Ribbon and click on the button at the left side of the ribbon.
  3. Select Insert Table of Contents from the bottom of the list. The following window appears:
  4. Styles

  5. Make selections as desired then click on OK. Also note the following:
  6. Choose OK to insert your modified table.

Updating a Table of Contents

Table of Contents should update automatically when you print the document or when you save, close and reopen the document. To force the table to update either:

Note:  The text and page numbers shown in the Table of Contents are hyperlinks. Click on them and see what happens!

Manual Table of Contents

Since automatic Table of Contents are so easy to insert and update, there really is no reason to enter your TOC manually. However, if you did not create your headings using heading styles and don't want to fix it, you can type in a TOC using the manual TOC feature. 

  1. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the table.
  2. Display the References Ribbon and click on the button at the left side of the ribbon.
  3. Select Manual Table.
  4. Type your entries in the areas provided.

Remember, these entries will not automatically update.

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