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How to Format a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word

Adding a table of contents to the start of your Microsoft Word document can make navigating through the file a lot easier for any readers. It works as a reference point, at the beginning of the document allowing the reader to find the specific information they are looking for without scanning the entire document’s text body.

As the table of contents is so frequently used, Microsoft Word now has a function that will create a contents table for you at the click of a button (how to post on this here).

Once you have your table of contents, you may need to update it (post here) or re-format the table. Which is what we are going to walk you through in this article.

If you’re looking to format a table of contents in Microsoft Word, you’ve come to the right place.

Formatting a Table of Contents in Word

  1. Open Word
  2. Find and Click References in the toolbar
  3. Click Table of Contents
  1. Under the Table of Contents drop-down press Custom Table of Contents
  2. Click Modify
  1. Under the Styles List, select the level you wish to change
  1. In the modify style pane, format as required
  1. Press OK to save new changes

You have now successfully modified your table of contents.

You can repeat the steps above if you wish to make further modifications. Just don’t forget to press OK to save the new changes.

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