How to Create Table Of Contents Using Heading Levels

Table of Contents

Perhaps you are writing the great American novel – or you just have a very long document. Either way, you might want to create a Table of Contents (TOC) for that document.

The easiest method for creating a TOC is using heading levels that are defined by Word Styles.

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Place your cursor where you would like your TOC to appear
  2. Display the References tab of your Ribbon
  3. In the Table of Contents group, click Table of Contents

  1. Select Table of Contents to display the dialog box
  2. Be certain that the Formats drop-down is set to From Template
  3. Using Show Levels, specify how many heading levels should be included in your TOC
  4. Click OK

Remember, this method creates a TOC based on heading levels in your document. That means your document must use heading styles throughout.

I know a lot of you shy away from using Styles, but believe you me, once you see how much easier they make your life, you will use them always!

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