It is very easy to create table of contents in word. In this tutorial I am going to show you, how to insert table of content in ms word. And how to update table of content automatically.
What is the use of creating table of contents in word?
It is must to create table of contents for any book or Ebook. Even if it is not a book, you need to insert table of contents for small material or project report. Almost every one use ms word to create material. MS word provides option to automatically insert and update table of content.
For example, you have created 10 pages of content with different topic titles. Make sure you have selected h1 or h2 or h3 styles for topic titles. Each page may have a different topic. Sometimes you may have more than one topic in single page.
At the first page, you need to mention that your topic titles and page numbers so that reader can access their required topic quickly. Reader will scroll down to required page to reach their favorite topic.
When you create table of content with ms word’s automatic option. Reader need not to scroll down to their required page. They will have to just click on topic title in table, they will automatically go to particular page.
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Another use with this option is, when you update your material with new topic, you need not to manually enter your new topic title and page number. You need to just click on update table option, it will automatically update your table of content with new topic and page number. That means you can save a lot of time.
How to create table of contents in word
I have created three pages ms word document. I have left first page for table of content. In second page i have created content with four topic titles. I have selected H1, H2, H3 and H1 for four topic titles. In third page I have created content with one topic with H1 tag.
- Place cursor in first page.
- Go to “References” in top menu.
- Click on “Table of Contents“.
You will see two automatic table styles and one manual table. It is better to select any one of two automatic tables. Immediately, you will see table of content with topic titles and page numbers shows that in below screen.
Suppose, you have updated your document with new topics. You need not to manually update table of content.
Click on table of content which was created earlier in first page. You will see update table option.
- Click on “Update table..”. You will see a small window.
- Check “Update entire table”.
- Click “OK”.
Immediately you will see changes in table of content with new topics and page numbers.
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