Format or customize a table of contents

After you create a table of contents, you can customize the way it looks. For example, you can select how many heading levels to include and whether to show dotted lines between entries and page numbers. You can also change the format of the text, and Word will keep that format no matter how many times you update a table of contents.

  1. Click References > Table of Contents > Custom Table of Contents.

    The Custom Table of Contents option is shown on the Table of Contents menu.

  2. In the Table of Contents dialog box, make your changes. You’ll see a preview of the changes in the box on the right.

    Table of Contents dialog box

    • To add dashed or dotted lines between entries and page numbers, in the Tab leader list, choose a line style. To remove the lines, click (none).

    • To change the overall appearance of your table of contents, in the Formats list, click the format you want to apply.

    • To change the number of levels displayed in your table of contents, click the up or down arrows next to Show levels.

  3. Click OK.

Format the text in a table of contents

You can change the way the text looks in each level of a table of contents.

  1. Click References > Table of Contents > Custom Table of Contents.

    The Custom Table of Contents option is shown on the Table of Contents menu.

  2. In the Table of Contents dialog box, in Formats, click From template.

    Table of Contents dialog box

  3. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Modify.

  4. In the Style dialog box, in the Styles list, click the level you want to change and then click Modify.

  5. In the Modify Style dialog box, make the formatting changes that you want, and then click OK.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all the levels you want to display in your table of contents.

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