Create a table of contents in APA style

When you use the automatic Table of Contents option in Word for Mac, it might not strictly follow the American Psychological Association's (APA) style guidelines. To use the APA style, manually mark the Table of Content entries by using one of the following options.

Add a TC code to entries that need to be included in the table of contents

  1. Copy the text you want included in the table of contents and then place the cursor in front of this text.

  2. Click Insert > Field.

  3. Under Categories, select Index and Tables.

  4. Under Field Names, select TC.

  5. In the box under Field Codes, after the field codeTC, enter "<paste the text you copied in Step 1 here>" \F C \L "<heading level>" .

    Your field will look something like this: TC "<text you pasted>" \F C \L "3"

    In this example, \L "3" indicates heading level 3.

  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the other entries that need to be added.

After you add the TC code to all the relevant text, you need to create the table of contents.

  1. Click Insert > Index and Tables > Table of Contents > Options.

  2. Click to enable the option Table entry fields.

  3. Close the dialogs to see the table of contents in your document.

Use the Mark Table of Contents Entry dialog box

  1. Select the text you want to include in the table of contents and then press COMMAND + OPTION + SHIFT + O .

    The entry you highlighted should appear in a Mark Table of Contents Entry dialog box.

  2. For Table identifier, select F for figures or C for contents.

  3. Choose the Level, and click Mark.

Note: You can also create a shortcut to the Mark Table of Content Entry dialog box in your toolbar. Click View > Toolbars > Customize Toolbars and Menus > Commands > Categories > All Commands. Under Commands, find MarkTableOfContentsEntry, drag it to your toolbar and click OK.

When you are done marking all entries, you need to create the Table of Contents.

  1. Click Insert > Index and Tables > Table of Contents > Options.

  2. Click to enable the option Table entry fields.

  3. Close the dialogs to see the table of contents in your document.

See also

Create or edit a table of contents

Manually create a table of contents

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