How to Add a Table of Contents to Microsoft Word Documents
The table of contents should be placed at the start of your document and serves two purposes: Allows readers to find a specific section within the document with easy and gives them an overview of the document’s content and layout. The table of content is there to orient the reader, think of it as a roadmap to your Word Document.
Gone are the days of manually creating a table of contents in Microsoft Word. There is now a quick 2 step process that will create a contents table for you based on the text selected.
In this post we will show you how to create a table of content to your Microsoft Word document at the click of a button.
Creating a table of Contents in Microsoft Word
To create a table of contents you will first need to have the text pre-written into your Microsoft Word Document before following these simple steps:
- Open Word
- Select the text you wish to turn into the table of contents
- Find and click References in the toolbar
- Click Table on Content under the toolbar dropdown
- Select the style you would like the Table of Content to display in. (In this example, we selected ‘Formal’)
You have now successfully add a table of contents to your Microsoft Word Document.
If the information did not pull correctly and you are missing some entries you may not have correctly formatted before selecting ‘table of contents’. We’ll walk you through how to fix this below.
Missing entries from Microsoft Word Table of Contents
Missing entries usually happen because the headings were not formatted as headings prior to the table of contents being added to your Word Document.
For every heading you want to display in your table of contents, the text must be turned into a ‘heading’
Heres how to turn text into a Heading:
- Open Word
- Highlight the missing entry text within the Word Document
- Select Styles in the toolbar
- Under the Styles drop-down, find and click Heading 1. This will turn the highlighted text into a heading.
- Repeat the above steps for all missing text.
- Update your table of contents by following the steps above (‘Creating a table of Contents in Microsoft Word’)
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