Adding a table of contents into your Microsoft Word document act as not only a navigating tool or guiding tool but also makes people engaging to your DOC file. Inserting a table of contents page into your word document also make it look more beautiful. It helps people to find the exact information they need, on the exact page. MS Word table of contents enabling readers to quickly find their needed information into the document.
It is a very simple process to insert table of contents in your Microsoft Word document. But if you don’t know how to do it then and this article might really be helpful to you.
So, in this article, we are going to talk about “how Microsoft Word table of contents is added into the document?” how we can update the MS Word table of contents? Follow this step by step guide and make your first table of contents Word document.
Step 1: Open Your Document And Choose Your Heading Styles
This is the very first step you have to do. Open your document and from the Ribbon bar, click on Home tab. Under this Home tab of Microsoft Word, you will see Styles toolbox. From there you have to select your preferred heading style like Heading 1, Heading 2, or any other similar headings you can choose from this area. Heading 1 contains only the main topics for the table of contents and does not have any subheadings into it. If your topic has any subheadings or sub-topics then you can choose Heading 2 from the Styles toolbox.
It is very necessary to select your heading style because the normal style does not appear in the table of contents. When you are done with the selecting your Heading style move onto the second step.
Step 2: – Add a table of contents
Now, put your cursor where you want to the table of contents to appear in your document. Type all your headings one by one that you want to be in your table of contents. Make sure All these headings you are typing on the page is under the header style you selected in step 1.
After this, go to the References > Table of Contents.
You will see a drop-down menu in which various types of table of contents group appear. Select one of the “Automatic” tables of the content style listed.
You can also select a custom table of contents from the bottom of the list. In this, you can choose a different style, hide page numbers, include more heading levels, and more as per your choice.
Now it is done, your table of contents is now inserted into your document under your Heading style 1. Heading 1 style are listed highest, with Heading 2 styles appearing as subheadings. The title of your table of contents is determined by default but you can update it by clicking it and inserting your own text.
Step 3: – Updating Microsoft Word Table of Contents
If you want to update your table of content like you want to change your heading title, your page number, etc. You Just have to click anywhere on the table of contents and then click Update Table option under the References tab.
Here, You will see two options update page number only and update entire table. Choose accordingly to your need and click ok. Now, You have made your first MS Word table of contents. Now save the page and enjoy.