Manually create a table of contents

In Word, you can insert either an automatic table of contents, which relies on heading styles to automatically populate and update the table of contents, or you can create a table of contents manually. Manually created tables of contents are sometimes useful for short documents that won't change, or when your document headings don't use the built-in heading styles. A manually created table of contents requires more work to update than an automatic table of contents because it must be updated manually whenever you add, change, or remove headings or pages in your document.

  1. In your document, click where you want to insert the table of contents.

    Tip: If you want to put the table of contents on a separate page or use different page numbers for the table of contents than the rest of the document, put the table of contents in a separate section by adding section breaks before and after the table of contents.

  2. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  3. On the Document Elements tab, under Table of Contents, point to a table of contents style, click More Down Arrow , and then under Manual Table of Contents, click the design that you want.

    Document Elements tab, Table of Contents group

    Note: If you see an error that Word did not find any table of contents entries, it means that you selected an automatic table of contents style and that you don't have any headings formatted using one of the built-in heading styles. Repeat step 3 and make sure to select a manual table of contents design.

  4. Type the headings and page numbers into the table of contents to match where they occur in your document.

  5. To add additional items, copy an existing entry and then paste it into the desired location in the table of contents.

See also

Create or edit a table of contents

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