Microsoft Word 2010 Creating a Table of Contents

By | 28 February, 2018

You can create a table of contents by applying heading styles, for example, Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3, to the text that you want to include in the table of contents. Microsoft Word searches for those headings and then inserts the table of contents into your document. When you create a table of contents this way, you can automatically update it if you make changes in your document.

 The easiest way to create a table of contents is to use the built-in heading styles. Word has nine different built-in styles: Heading 1 through Heading 9. You can also create a table of contents that is based on the custom styles that you have applied. Or you can assign the table of contents levels to individual text entries.

1. Mark Entries by Using Built-In Heading Styles

  1. Select the text that you want to appear in the table of contents
  2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the style that you want


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. Sub-headings would be Heading 2, etc.
If you don’t see the style that you want, click the arrow to expand the Quick Style gallery.

2. Modifying a Style

You can modify any of the built-in styles if the pre-set formatting doesn’t meet your needs.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click the style you want to modify
  2. Click on Modify

Click on Format and choose the type of formatting you wish to modify
3. Create a Table of Contents

After you mark the entries for your table of contents, you are ready to build it.

  1. Click where you want to insert the table of contents, usually at the beginning of a document
  2. On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Table of Contents
  3. Click the table of contents style that you want or click Insert Table of Contents (office 2010) or Custom Table of Contents (office 2016)  to open the Table of Contents dialog box to specify more options.

  • To change how many heading levels are displayed in the table of contents, enter the number that you
    want in the box next to Show levels, under General.
  • To change the overall look of your table of contents, click a different format in the Formats list.
  • To change the type of line that appears between the entry text and the page number, click an option in
    the Tab leader list.
  • To change the way heading levels are displayed in the table of contents, click Modify. In the Style
    dialog box, click the level that you want to change, and then click Modify. In the Modify Style dialog
    box, you can change the font, the size, and the amount of indentation.
  • To use custom styles in the table of contents, click Options, and then do the following:
    + 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.

NOTE: if you want to use only custom styles, delete the TOC level numbers for the built-in styles, such as Heading 1.

4. Update the Table of Contents

If you added or removed headings or other table of contents entries in your document, you can quickly
update the table of contents.

  1. On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click UpdateTable

2. Click Update page numbers only or Update entire table

5. To Delete a Table of Contents

  1. On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Table of Contents
  2. Click Remove Table of Contents
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