What is table of contents?
In MS Word, table of contents is a powerful feature to make any report more attractive. This feature is very much important for the writers especially to give a quick impression of the write-up to the readers. In addition, a table of contents guide the reader to reach the page of his/her desired topic. A table of contents usually consists of the titles, subtitles, headings, subheadings and their corresponding page numbers of the write-up. In this article, we’ll learn how to create titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings in a write-up, and finally how to create a table of contents using these titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings.
How to create titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings?
As a matter of fact, the writer is the only person who decides about the titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings of his write-up. Once the titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings are selected, he/she has to format them into the given options of the Styles ribbon of Home. Suppose you want to format any heading into Heading 1 of the Styles ribbon. To do this you have to format the heading according to your desired style. Once the heading is ready with your desired style, font, color, etc. just select it and click on the down arrow shown on the right-lower corner of the Styles ribbon or use (Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S) which will Show the Styles window. Go to the Heading 1. Click on the down arrow shown on the right edge of Heading 1. Click on Update Heading 1 to Match Selection. You just have restored your selected heading into Heading 1. You can select any heading you like and click on Heading 1 of Styles ribbon to set the same format.
In the same way, you can restore any title, subtitle, heading and subheading into any of the Styles window. Moreover, you can create any title, subtitle, heading and subheading which are not in the list of the Styles window using Manage Styles (third button shown on the below of Styles window immediate before of Options…).
How to create a table of contents?
Once, you have set all of the titles, subtitles, headings and subheadings of your write-up, you’re ready to create a beautiful table of contents. MS Word has made this very easy for you. First, put the cursor where you want to set the table of contents. Click on References shown above the ribbon. Click on the down arrow of the Table of Contents shown on the left edge of the options. Select Insert Table of Contents… shown at the bottom of the list. Set the options accordingly if you want to customize anything. Click on OK. Your table of contents is ready. Please note that if you make any change in the content, title, subtitle, heading or subheading, nothing to be worried. Just click on Update Table on the References shown above the ribbon. Your table of contents will be updated automatically.