Table of Contents (TOC) is the organized list of all the parts of document in the order it appears. TOC will help the readers to get the idea about the topics included in the document and also helps to redirect to the particular topic and page. Microsoft Word has an inbuilt feature for creating table of contents.
Create Table of Contents in Microsoft Word Document
Follow below steps in order to create Table of Contents in Microsoft Word document:
Step 1: Open word document for which you want to create the “Table of Contents”.
Step 2: Select the Topic/Heading that you want to show in the Table of Contents list.
Step 3: Mark the selected Topic/Heading as “Heading 1”, “Heading 2” and so on from the menu as shown below:
Step 4: Once you selected all the Topics for the Table of Contents list, Point the cursor on the page where you want to show the “Table of Contents”.
Step 5: Select “References” from the menu and click on the “Table of Contents” tab to the left in order to select the format for your “Table of Contents” as shown below:
Step 6: When selected the “Table of Contents” will be displayed for your document as shown below:
Update Table of Contents in Microsoft Word Document
Once TOC is created you can always update it by clicking on the “Update Table” as shown below:
Following window is displayed when you click on the “Update Table” option.
You can select either “Update page numbers only” or “Update entire table” to update your Table of Contents list.