Table Of Contents (TOC)

In MS Word, Table Of Contents (also known as TOC) is a list of sections (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start. Table Of contents can be easily created by formatting word using Heading Styles from among the various Word Styles in word 2007. These Heading styles range from Heading 1 to Heading 9 and you may include all or only the heading you choose, in Table Of Contents.This article will explain the steps to create a Table Of Contents (TOC) in Word 2007.

Apply Heading Styles or levels to Text, for inclusion in Table Of Contents:

  • Select the text to which you want to apply a heading style.
  • On the Home tab in Word 2007, click the style that you want to apply,under the Styles group.For example, if you selected text that you want to style as a main heading, click the style called Heading 1 in the Quick Style gallery
  • If the style that you want does not appear in the Quick Style gallery, press CTRL+SHIFT+S to open the Apply Styles task pane. Under Style Name, click the style that you want.

If you want the Table Of Contents to include text that is not formatted as a heading, then mark those text as outlined below:

  • Select the text that you want to include in your table of contents.
  • Select the References tab in the Table of Contents group and click Add Text.
  • Click the level that you want to label your selection. For example, choose Level 1 for a main level display in the table of contents.
  • Repeat the above three steps until you have labeled all of the text that you want to appear in the table of contents.

Create Table Of Contents (TOC):

  • Click where you want to insert the table of contents, usually at the beginning of a document.
  • On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Table of Contents, and then click the table of contents style that you want.

That is all.

Table Of Contents - TOC

If you want to specify options like what heading levels to show including the custom styles that you created,

  • click Insert Table of Contents, to open the Table of Contents dialog box.
  • Click Options.
Create Table Of Contents
  • Under Available Styles, find the style that you applied to the headings in your document. Under TOC level, next to the style name, type a number from 1 to 9 to indicate the level that you want the heading style to represent.
  • Click OK
  • Choose “Show Page Numbers” for printed documents and “Use hyperlinks instead of page numbers” for online documents
  • To use one of the available designs, click a design in the Formats box.
  • Select any other table of contents options that you want.

Microsoft Office Word searches for headings that match the levels that you chose, formats and indents the entry text according to the heading style, and then inserts the table of contents into the document.

Create a Table Of Contents (TOC) for you Word documents and make it easier for the readers to navigate to the various sections of your document.

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