Some elements, such as headings, are marked by default but you can also mark other elements manually yourself.We’ll look at inserting a table of contents first, and then look at how we can mark items for use in the TOC later.Make sure you go to the start of your document before you proceed.
The table of contents updates automatically as you work on the document.
Occasionally, your table of contents may misbehave.
When your document is ready for a table of contents .
The TOC will be inserted where the cursor is, not at the start of the document.
Then type a list of all the chapter headings at the beginning of your manuscript; I would also recommend including any front or back matter you wish the reader to have easy access to, for example, maps, family trees, or glossaries.
At this point nothing is bookmarked or hyperlinked, just typed with one chapter head per line and the heading “table of contents.” Below is a screenshot of my fake manuscript, which I’ll use for illustrations throughout.
Fortunately, after quite a bit of trial and error, I have found a system that works the vast majority of the time—so of course I couldn’t wait to share the news.
Step I: Create a Table of Contents The very first step is to make sure you are in “compatibility mode,” meaning the document is saved as a Word 97–2003 doc, no matter what version you are actually using.
A table of contents (TOC) provides a quick reference point for your document, giving the reader a brief overview of where to find what content.
When you insert a table of contents in Word 2010, Word searches through your document looking for items marked for use in the TOC.
If you’re working on a document that’s longer than a few pages, your readers will definitely be grateful if you include a table of contents.