Word: Automatic Table of Contents

  1. Open the document that you wish to work with.
  2. Scroll down to the desired page, and then click on the References tab (top-left).
  3. Click the Table of Contents drop-down menu (top-left), and then select Automatic Table 1 or Automatic Table 2.
    Optional: If you’re comfortable with Word formatting, there are options here for custom tables, and creating a table manually.
  4. Scroll to a section of the document that you would like to appear in the table, and highlight the appropriate header or title for that section. Click on the Add Text drop-down menu (top-left), and then select a level for that section (Level 1 is a primary section, and 2 and 3 are sub-sections).
  5. Click on Update Table, then Update Entire Table. Your desired section should now be reflected in the Table of Contents.
  6. Repeat as necessary.
  7. All done! It is wise to create a Table of Contents early in the creation of the document, as older, larger documents tend to develop formatting issues that may conflict with simple table management.

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