Word – Creating a Table of Contents
If you have a document with a lot of pages, it may benefit to include a Table of Contents. This will allow your readers to easily find the information on the pages listed. And if you have been using heading styles, the process is super easy.
Though your Table of Contents can be inserted at the current location of your cursor, we are going to create a new page to house it.
- Make sure your cursor is located at the top of a page, preferably the upper left before any text.
- Click the INSERT tab in the upper menu.
- Click BLANK PAGE in the Pages group.
This will insert a blank page in front of the page you are on.
- Make sure to move your cursor to the newly created page.
- Click REFERENCES in the upper menu.
- Click TABLE OF CONTENTS.
- Choose AUTOMATIC TABLE 1 or AUTOMATIC TABLE 2.
(Basically do you want it to say Contents (table 1) or Table of Contents (table 2))
- A Table will automatically be generated based on your headings styles.
- CNTRL+LEFT CLICK an item to jump to that page.
Updating Your Table of Contents
If you make any changes to your text that results in information shifting around or new headers being added, you will want to make sure to update your Table of Contents.