The great thing is that even if you already have a Word document with a lot of content, it’s very easy to edit it so that you can generate the table of contents automatically.In this article, I’m going to walk you through the process of setting up your Word document with the correct headings and then talk about how to create the table of contents.It will ask you if you want to update just the page numbers or the entire table.If you have modified, inserted or deleted headings, you should choose entire table.If you just added more content to your document, but haven’t added or removed any headings, you can choose page numbers only.If you used headings other than H1, H2, and H3, you’ll notice they won’t appear in the TOC.When you are going through your document to add the different headings, feel free to pick from any of the above-mentioned headings if only H1, H2 and H3 feel too restricted.You’ll just have to insert a custom TOC and change a few settings, which I will also mention. Just click on the line with the text and then click on the heading style you want to apply.
Now you have a nicely formatted TOC in your Word document!Go through the document and add as many of these headings as you would like.Note that when you add headers, it will be hard to see the headers, even if you have paragraph marks visible.Clicking on any of the items in the list will take you to that heading in the Word document.This is a great way to quickly see your heading structure before creating your final TOC.When you click on Modify, you’ll get another dialog where you can edit each TOC level. Click on the second Modify button and you’ll be able to change the formatting for that particular heading.So if you want, you could make all H1 headings bold and a different font size.I’m also going to talk about how you can customize the table of contents to your liking.The first thing you’ll want to do before you can create any table of contents is to setup your headers.In order to use these extra headings, you have to choose Custom Table of Contents when inserting the TOC. You can change some basic settings like whether to show the page numbers and whether to right-align the numbers or not.Under General, you can choose from multiple styles and you can also choose to show more levels beyond three, which is the H3 heading.