How to Make Automatic Table of Contents for Microsoft Word

Do you know the methods on how to make a Table of Contents automatically in Microsoft Words?

Problem :

Everytime I have to update a certan part of the document, I also need to update the number in my table of contents manually. I need to make it Automatic .

Solution :

By using the Index Table function in Microsoft Word

How :

  1. Go to Insert >> Reference >> Index and Tables
  2. Make the content of your document
  3. After completion identify the level 1, Level 2, etc ( You can see at the left Corner side of your screen the headings will be the main topic
  4. Press Update TOC
  5. Choose Update the whole documents and not just the page, In this case it will update the page numbers in the Index and Tables.

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24 Responses to “How to Make Automatic Table of Contents for Microsoft Word”

  1. supernoobice on September 15th, 2007 8:20 am

    Hey. Good thing everything’s going smoothly now. :)

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    david Ombeni Reply:

    Thank much, I simply managed to create automatic table of contents; your web is user friend

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    You are welcome. I hope you find other contents in this blog helpful also

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  2. Dex on September 15th, 2007 8:26 am

    Yes I think It will be ok now. Thanks for the help. I think I have to ask some help in the future regarding the Control Panel.

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  3. Anna on October 9th, 2007 5:34 pm

    does anyone know how to do a collapsable TOC in word like we would in Excel with the pulldown menu? Is this even possible?

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  4. dexter on October 9th, 2007 6:38 pm

    it might be possible , I will check it out

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  5. ricky on December 29th, 2008 9:39 am

    how do make a table of content in mcrosoft 2007?

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  6. ricky on December 29th, 2008 9:41 am

    how do make a table of content in microsoft word 2007? please write down the procedures you intend to do.

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    @ricky, You can see above post. But If it does not work let me know

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  7. ricky on December 29th, 2008 9:59 am

    offering 3 viewpoints to get rid of “bad” doings when you are doing a power point presentation.

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  8. ricky on December 29th, 2008 10:03 am

    explain the differences between f3 and $f$3 in microsoft excel 2007.

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    @ricky, if you have f3 alone when you copy it going down the link will be “g3″ but if you copy $f3$ anywhere in the sheet it will still be picking from f3

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  9. akash on April 5th, 2009 8:44 am

    How to get Rid of Table of Figures in Table of Contents

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  10. Mehvish on June 10th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Hi, I need to formulate a TOC, which automatically update itself. That means we dont have to click update the page number button to update. Is it possible? Regards Maya

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  11. Mehvish on June 10th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Hi, I need to formulate a TOC, which automatically update itself. That means we dont have to click update the page number button to update. Is it possible? Regards Mehvish

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    @Mehvish, Just follow the instruction above and you can make it like that :)

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    Mehvish Reply:

    @Dexter Panganiban, I have already made the TOC. but my question is after inserting TOC, whenever I change the pages, TOC automatically update itself. In word to update the changes we have to click either UPDATE ENTIRE TABLE OR PAGE NUMBER ONLY. I want to avoid this step. I need a solution where after inserting the TOC, it automatically update the changes. Now if this calls for changes in VB or through micros. I dont have any idea. That where I need your help. Regards Mehvish

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    @Mehvish, HHHmmm.. This I don’t have idea, the reason why you are going to this is for safety purpose so that if you did somethign wrong the table will not update automatically


  12. Ashley on May 7th, 2010 5:45 pm

    I was wondering if there was a way to change the settings so that you don’t have to hold Ctrl to use the link…Is there a way to make it so that you just click on the link (without using Ctrl) to get to the designated page.

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  13. Ashley on August 19th, 2010 3:28 pm

    I was wondering if there was a way to change the settings so that you don’t have to hold Ctrl to use the link…Is there a way to make it so that you just click on the link (without using Ctrl) to get to the designated page. Read more: How to Make Automatic Table of Contents for Microsoft Word | Tech At Hand Dot Net | Philippines, Technology, SEO and Blogging

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  14. Leslie on May 22nd, 2011 7:10 pm

    Is it possible to resize the TOC? If yes, how?

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    Dexter Panganiban Reply:

    @Leslie, Have you tried to adjust the margins ?

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    Leslie Reply:

    @Dexter Panganiban, Yes but the page numbers of my TOC still appear on the right most part of the page. I would like to have my TOC smaller so it can ‘fit’ my document.

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  15. marianna Stewart on September 21st, 2011 7:38 pm

    I need the instructions on how to make a table of contents automatic. I haven’t found them anywhere. Can someone help me?

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