How to Make Table of Contents in MS Word?

Having a table of contents section in a word document is a good practice since we can easily navigate. It becomes more necessary when you have a large document like almost 200 pages.

As you know, every book has a table of contents at the very beginning of the book. Now, we will learn how to make table of contents in MS word since one can easily read the desired section by single click.

I will try to cover each step in detail so, make sure to read till the end without leaving any single word.

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How to Make Table of Contents in MS Word?

Adding a table of contents is a very easy task especially in MS word documents. You can add with a few clicks.

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We only need to follow two easy steps to add a table of content in our word document. Follow the given method carefully,

1) Make Headings:

Before adding a table of contents, your MS word document must have headings like H1, H2, etc. otherwise you can’t add a table of contents. You can add headings in the Home > Style section.

how to make table of contents in ms word

If you didn’t add headings in your document before then, you can simply highlight the text, you want to make a heading, and click on Heading 1 or Heading 2. That text will be converted into a heading.

how to make table of contents in MS word

Now, make headings first within an entire document.

2) Add Table Of Contents

Follow the given steps to finally perform our task:

  1. Go to the tab References > Table of Contents
how to make table of contents in MS word
  1. It will show you various formats you can choose from.
  2. Select any method and the table of Contents section will be added to your document (at the current position of your cursor)
how to make table of contents in MS word
  1. That’s it

You can select any table of contents template and also download it from the Microsoft store. This was the automatic template, you can also select the manual table of contents format.

To go to the desired heading just click on the heading in the table of contents section while holding down the CTRL key from the keyboard, you will be navigated to that section.

Edit Table Of Content

You can also change the design of your table of contents by going to the Design tab. Here, you can select the desired theme to give your document and table of contents an attractive look.

how to make table of contents in MS word

You can apply it and it will not just change the design of your table of contents but also the entire document.

Custom Table of Content

If you didn’t like the pre-made table of contents templates then, you have the option to make your own table of contents.

For this navigate to Reference > Table of Contents > Custom Table of Contents.

how to add table of contents in MS word

Now, you can set things according to your taste like page number, alignment, use hyperlinks instead of the page number, format, headings level, and much more.

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It’s the recommendation of every expert to add a table of contents to your document if it is a large one. One can easily jump to the desired section quickly.

In this way, you can add a table of contents with a few clicks automatically or manually.

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Muhammad Bilal

Muhammad Bilal

Hi, I'm Muhammad Bilal, founder of Tech Spying, that provides useful tech related tips, tricks, hacks, how to and much more stuff. I am a part time content writer and feed this blog with helpful technology skills.