:-) On the one hand, the heading styles greatly simplify my work and present my document in a structured fashion.
On the other hand, when I insert a table of contents, Word automatically searches for those headings and displays a table of contents based on the text that I marked with each style.
You could create a table of contents manually, but it would be a real waste of time. In this post I will show you how to create a table of contents in Word in an automatic way and also how to update it just in a few clicks.
I'll use The key to creating a quick and easy contents page is to use Word's built-in heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) for the titles (chapters) and subtitles (subchapters) of your document.
Don't worry if you haven't used them yet, I will show you how it works with regular text.
So now you have assigned the first main section of your document. Go on scrolling through the text and selecting the primary section titles. They will appear in your table of contents as the main section titles.
Want to add a table of contents to your Word document, one that can be easily updated if you change your doc? All you have to do is format your Word document appropriately. Format your document using heading styles found on the Home tab, e.g., Heading 1, Heading 2, and so on.
Word will create your table of contents based on these headings, so do this for all of the text you want to show up in the table of contents. Place the cursor where you want the table of contents to appear (usually, the beginning of the document) 3.
Now I have my document well-prepared with the titles as Heading 1 and the subtitles as Heading 2. Just hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click to go to any section.
Next, define the secondary sections within each primary chapter, and apply the "Heading 2" style to the subtitles of these sections.
If you want to place emphasis on some paragraphs within the secondary sections, then you can select the titles for them and apply the "Heading 3" style to these titles.
(They only differ by either saying "Contents" or "Table of Contents" at the top.) Alternatively, if you click the Custom Table of Contents…
option, you can format the way the table of contents will look: Choose a different style, hide page numbers, include more heading levels than the default three levels, and more.