Updating table of contents in microsoft word

Each entry comes from a heading within your document, whether that’s a report, a white paper, a dissertation, or something else.

We can use the Styles pane in MS Word’s Home tab to “tag” each heading: Tip: When you update a table of contents in Word, choose “Update page numbers only” if your headings have moved (because you’ve added or deleted content) but their wording hasn’t changed.

One way to visually determine which styles are being used in the document is to activate the Style Area.

The Style Area appears in a pane on the left margin of the screen.

You can generate a table of contents using Word's built-in styles, such as Heading 1, 2, and 3, or by creating and using your own custom styles.

If you have a document with no style formatting, the first step is to select the headings and other paragraphs in the document that need to be in the table of contents, and then apply the appropriate styles to the paragraph.

A quick and easy way to designate heading styles is to highlight the text that you are applying a style to, and then depress your Shift and Alt keys and use your right and left arrows to cycle through the different styles until you find the one you want.

If the document already contains styles, you need to decide which styles to use in the table of contents.

You just need to follow a couple of straightforward steps.

However, with the right formatting, Word can create and update a table of contents automatically.

We'll use Word 2013 to show you how to create a table of contents, but you can use the exact same method in Word 2010 or Word 2007.

Bookmark this page so you can come back to it later. Once you learn how to insert a table of contents in Word, you never forget.

(It’s sort of like riding a bike, but without the scraped knees.) A table of contents (TOC) is made up of entries.

TR ask, ‘How do I add fields to the Table of Contents in Microsoft Word 2007?

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