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Insert a table of contents

Applies to: Word for Office 365, Word for Office 365 for Mac, Word for the web, Word 2019, Word 2019 for Mac, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2016 for Mac.

A table of contents in Word is formed according to the headings in your document.

Windows

Create the table of contents

  1. Move your cursor to your target area for placing the table of contents.
  1. Press References > Table of Contents and select an automatic style.
Create a table of contents
  1. If you update your document which alters the table of contents, overwrite the table of contents by right-clicking the table of contents and clicking Update Field.

To update your table of contents manually, see Update a table of contents.

If you have missing entries

Missing entries often occur because headings are formatted differently than headings.

  1. For every sought heading to add in the table of contents, choose the heading text.
  1. Select Home > Styles, and then confirm Heading 1.
Add a heading
  1. Update your table of contents.

To update your table of contents manually, see Update a table of contents.

Get the learning guide

For a practical guide that walks you through the process of designing a table of contents, download our Table of Contents tutorial. Or, in desktop Word, click File > New, and search for table of contents.

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