Insert a table of contents in Publisher

For a little extra work—and a big payoff—you can create a table of contents in Publisher. Begin by adding a text box and use right-aligned tabs with leaders. Leaders are the dots, dashes, or lines that follow the chapter or section titles in a table of contents and that line up those titles with page numbers.

Create a table of contents (TOC) using tab stops and leaders.

  1. Click Home > Draw Text Box.

  2. In your publication, click where you want one corner of the text to appear, and then drag diagonally until you have the box size that you want.

  3. Type the title of your table of contents, and then press ENTER.

  4. Double-click the horizontal ruler where you want the page number to appear.

  5. In the Tabs dialog box, click Right, choose your Leader style, and then click OK.

  6. Now type your TOC entry; for example: Chapter 1, press TAB to insert the leader and type the page number.

Note:  If a right-to-left language is enabled through Microsoft Office Language Settings and you are typing text in a right-to-left language, click Trailing instead of Right.

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