How to Update a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word documents
Adding a table of contents to your Word Documents makes it easier for your reader to navigate. Once you have the table of contents in your Word Document there are a number of reasons you may wish to update it.
If you some of the information you wanted to be visible in your table of contents is not – this may be that you need to go back and reformat this text to be a ‘Heading’ (how to post here). Or you have updated the file and would now like to update the table of contents to reflect these changes.
For whatever reason, you need to update your table of contents in Word and aren’t quite sure how.
In this post, we will show you how to update your table of contents in a few simple steps.
How to change a table of contents in Microsoft Word files
- Open Word
- Find and Click References in the toolbar
- Under References, click Update Table
- Select what you would like to update
- Update page numbers only. This option works well when you have added more text into your document, but no headings have changed.
- Update entire table. This is the best option to select if you would like to update the headings, subheadings and page numbers.
Your table of contents has now been successfully updated.
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