How To Create a Table of Content in Word

The process is almost the same for every version of windows. Now as soon as you open word for the respective task, the first thing you will require is some text on the page. Now suppose for the text, it’s some report says a lab report with certain sections in it, now before this example even if you don’t write a lab report or it might be a book or something, the process remains the same for everything.

How To Create a Table of Content in Word

Moving on to the example of the lab report. Suppose the sections are for like abstract, purpose, materials required, till conclusion. All these words will be used as headings, and there will be more content for the fact what these headings are about.

Step 1:

Now firstly you will select the text which has to be your heading, you will select the text and click on a home on the upper left and then on the upper right you will find text settings out there; we will have to click on heading 1, as soon as you click on it the size and font for the text will change.

Step 2:

Next, we will change the text back to how it was, which is in the default times new roman with 12 point font. Now it is set to heading 1 as well as looks the same as you started. Now under the sections, if you have subsections, then you will repeat the whole process as above but with heading 2, and then change it back to how it was.

Step 3:

Now you’ll move to the references tab in the top middle of the window and click on it and then go over to the left, you’ll find an icon which says table of contents. After clicking on it, it provides us with a variety of different styles like classic, contemporary, formal and modern with many others.

Step 4:

At the bottom of the drop-down menu, there are more additional options for creating a custom table of contents or for removing it. Now sticking to the basics, you’ll click on the classic layout and as soon as you click on it, a table of contents will automatically be generated.

Step 5:

Now, this happened this quick as we were able to mark all our text as heading 1 or heading 2. If these steps were not performed then word would have not been able to automatically construct the table of contents.

Step 6:

Similarly to the change in text formatting in headings, it appeared the same in the table of contents, so if you want to change it again then click on the table of contents and change it. Now as you will add the content in different sections, the content will go on to the next page so and it will remain till there only.

Step 7:

So after adding all the content to the document what you gotta do is go back to the table of contents and click on update, word will update all the page numbers for where those section titles actually are.

Additional Tip:

Now, if you want to add a new thing to your table of contents or if you want to add a table of content to a pre-existing document then again just select the text and certify it a certain heading and then follow up the steps and this way your content will get into a table of contents.