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Create a table of contents

Create a table of contents

A table of contents in Word is based on the headings in your document. Before you create your table of contents, apply heading styles Heading 1, Heading 2, or Heading 3.

Add heading styles

For each heading that you want in the table of contents, select the heading text, go to Home > Styles, and then choose Heading 1, 2, or 3.

Add a heading

Create a table of contents

  1. Put your cursor where you want to add the table of contents.

  2. Go to References > Table of Contents, and choose Automatic Table 1 or Automatic Table 2, or choose Custom Table of Contents to create your own style.

    Create a table of contents

  3. If you make changes to your document that affect the table of contents, update the table of contents by right-clicking the table of contents and choosing Update Field.

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