An A to Z guide on how to make a table of contents in Word 2013

An index is an essential part to someone who writes a book, a scientific research, a graduation thesis, etc. However, right now not everyone can grasp the idea how to make on effectively in Word. In this article, chiasemeohay.com would like to share with you a technique to make Table of Contents in Word 2013 using simple and comprehensive steps.

Step 1: Create an Outline for the document

Creating an Outline for the title of the text is the first step before you go on to create the table of contents, meaning that you need to determine the Level of the corresponding Heading. There are two ways to do this:

Option 1: Use the View -> Outline function (Ctrl + Alt + O shortcut)

Then, the document will generate its Outline as shown below:

What you have to do now is to select the Headings needed to be displayed in the Table of Contents and choose the appropriate Level:

In the above picture, Step 1: Create an Outline for the text that will appear in the Table of Contents with Level 1. Similarly, you these computer tricks for the remaining headings in the text to have the structured Outline before creating the Table of Contents.

Option 2: Use Styles build-in in Word

To select Headings, you need to create Levels in the text and select the corresponding Level in Home -> Styles. Note that Style Heading 1 applies to Level 1, Style Heading 2 applies to Level 2, …

Similarly, you need to apply the Styles corresponding to the remaining headings in the text to create a complete Outline.

Step 2: Insert a Table of Contents into the Document

When you completed the computer tricks to create Level for the Headings, the complete Outline will look like this:

Then select where you want the table of contents to appear (usually at the beginning or the end of the text) and select References -> Table of Contents and select the appropriate table of contents as shown below.

Then, the table of contents will appear automatically.

In the case that you change the text content making the numbers change, select References -> Update Table or right-click on the Table of Contents and select Update Field, the Update dialog box will appear immediately.

If you only need to update the page numbers, choose Update page numbers only. In the case that there are changes made to the Headings in the text, you should choose Update entire table to update the Headings and their corresponding page numbers.

So chiasemeohay.com has guided how to create a table of contents in the simplest and most effective way. This is a very effective way to help you control the content and quickly edit long and complex documents.

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