Table of Contents

The easiest way to create a Table of Contents is to utilize the Heading Styles that you want to include in the Table of Contents.  For example:  Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. based on the content of your document.   When you add or delete headings from your document, Word updates your Table of Contents.  Word also updates the page number in the table of contents when information in the document is added or deleted. When you create a Table of Contents, the first thing you want to do is mark the entries in your document.  The Table of Contents is formatted based on levels of headings.  Level 1 will include any text identified with the style Heading 1.

Mark Table of Contents Entries

You can mark the Table of Contents entries in one of two ways:  by using built-in heading styles or by marking individual text entries.

To Use Built-In Heading Styles

  • Select the text that you wish to be the heading
  • Click the Home Tab
  • In the Styles Group, click Heading 1 (or the appropriate heading)


  • If you don’t see the style you want, click the arrow to expand the Quick Styles Gallery
  • If the style you want does not appear choose Create a Style 


To Mark Individual Entries:

  • Select the text you wish to make a heading
  • Click the References Tab
  • Click Add Text in the Table of Contents Group
  • Click the Level that you want to label your selection


Create a Table of Contents

To create the table of contents:

  • Put your cursor in the document where you want the Table of Contents
  • Click the References Tab
  • Click the Table of Contents button


Update Table of Contents

If you have added or removed headings or other table of contents entries you can update by:

  • Apply headings or mark individual entries as directed above
  • Click the References Tab in the Ribbon
  • Click Update Table


Delete Table of Contents
To delete a table of contents:

  • Click the References Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click Table of Contents
  • Click Remove Table of Contents