Microsoft Word can add an automatic, updatable table of contents (TOC) to your document – but only if your headings have a style applied.
Apply the Heading 1 style to your main headings by putting your cursor in them and pressing Ctrl+alt+1. The heading above this paragraph is in Heading 1 style. I will tell you another time how to change what a style looks like.
Apply Heading 2 style to sub-headings that fall under a heading level 1 by putting your cursor in them and pressing Ctrl+alt+2. The heading above this paragraph is in Heading 2 style.
If there is any sub-heading under a Heading 2 heading, apply Heading 3 style by putting your cursor in it and pressing Ctrl+alt+3. The heading above this paragraph is in Heading 2 style.
Put your cursor in each paragraph, and look at Home > Styles. You will see the relevant style name with a block around it. You can also apply the style by putting your cursor in a paragraph and choosing from Home > Styles.
- Put your cursor where you want your TOC to be.
- Go to the References tab, look to the far left and click on Table of Contents > Automatic Table 1. Word will insert a TOC called “Table of Contents” showing heading levels 1-3.
- To update it, put your cursor in the TOC and press F9. Do not try to type in changes in the TOC. make changes to the actual headings and then press F9 in the TOC.