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Automatic Word Table of Contents

If you create documents in Word, you know how hard it is to create a table of contents manually.

Word has a great feature that makes an automatic table of contents easy and updates the page references whenever you change the document.

First, you need to use Styles for all your headings. Usually they are names ‘heading 1’, ‘heading 2’, etc. They apply font, color, size and even numbering to your headings but the best reason to use them is the automatic contents.

Styles are in the ‘Home’ tab on the ribbon. Highlight your heading and select the style you want to apply to it. It’s that easy. You can modify what the style looks like by right clicking on the style in the ribbon and selecting ‘modify’

Once you have applied a heading style to your headings, you can insert the automatic table of contents.

Put your cursor where you want the table. Click the ‘References’ tab in the ribbon. Click ‘Table of Contents’ from the ribbon. Select one of the Automatic tables or manually create one, where you can decide how deep the table of contents will go (1st, 2nd, 3rd level of header, for instance.

Whenever you make changes, right click anywhere on the table and tell it to update.

Wasn’t that easy?

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