If you’re writing a long report or another document, it’s always important to make sure that you include an easy-to-follow table of contents. In this post, we’ll show you how to format your table of contents in Word quickly and easily. It doesn’t require any fancy training or expensive tools, either; just copy and paste from one place to another! Let’s get started…
Select the text you want to convert into an index
If you’re like most people, you probably use Microsoft Word for all your writing needs. And while Word is great for simple documents, it can also be used for more complex ones – like creating a table of contents. Here’s how to do it
Click Insert > Index and Tables > Index
Tables of contents are essential for long documents because they help readers quickly find the information they need. You can create a table of contents in Microsoft Word in just a few clicks. First, click Insert > Index and Tables > Index, then select Table of Contents from the drop-down menu. Click Add New Entry and type in the name of your document’s first chapter. Next, choose whether you want to include page numbers with each entry (if you do not want page numbers on your table of contents, uncheck this box). Finally, use either alphabetical or chronological order for the entries—whichever is most appropriate for your work.
Choose your columns’ width, whether they are bolded or have numbers, etc.
Creating a table of contents can seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple. Just follow these steps:
- Decide how many columns you want and what width they should be.
- Choose whether you want your column headings to be bolded, have numbers, or both.
- Type in your column headings.
- Highlight the text you want to appear in your table of contents.
Click OK, then choose a style such as a Booklet
Opening your Word document, go to the References tab and click on Table of Contents. Choose between a automatic or manual table of contents. If you choose automatic, choose how many heading levels you want to include and whether you want page numbers included. If you choose manual, select the text you want to appear in the table of contents and click on Insert Table of Contents Entry.
To make changes to your table of contents, simply go back into Table of Contents under References and make changes as needed.
When you save the file, it will prompt you for how many levels deep you want the links to go
Saving your file as a PDF will allow you to keep the live links functional, no matter where you share the document. Plus, it’s a good way to ensure that your formatting won’t get messed up if the person viewing the document doesn’t have the same fonts installed that you do. Here’s how to do it
1) Open a new Word doc and click on Insert>Table of Contents
2) Fill out the different levels by clicking on each row and then typing in what you want to see appear on that level. For example, if I wanted my chapter titles listed as Level 1 with subheadings as Level 2, I would type Chapter Title at the top line and then Level 1 below it.
Open and review your new index, which now has clickable links!
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to save time. And there’s no faster way to create a table of contents (TOC) than with Microsoft Word. In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to format your TOC so that it looks great and is easy to navigate. First, highlight the entire document title (or use Find & Replace). Second, select the Insert tab at the top left corner of the screen.
Third, select Table of Contents from the drop-down menu. Fourth, click on Heading 1 in the top row and change its name to Document Title. Select OK when finished. Finally, click on Table Of Contents from the new toolbar and select Edit > Update Table. You will now see your newly formatted table of contents!