Thankfully, Word 2007 and 2010 both make this process pretty easy.
Just follow these steps and you'll have a great table of contents all ready to go:
- Open your Word document (must be .docx)
- Identify the main points you want to appear on your TOC (Table of Contents), and any sub points that you want to be in your TOC.
- Highlight the main point(s) with your mouse. You cans select multiple pieces of text by holding down the Control key while selecting text.
- Click on the References tab in Word, then find the section labeled Table Of Contents.
- Make sure the text that you want to appear in your TOC is highlighted, and then click on the Add Text button.
- A drop-down list will appear, and you can choose from four options: Do Not Show in Table of Contents, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. "Do Not Show in Table of Contents" should be checked by default.
- Now click on the Level 1 option. You can also click on the Level 2 and Level 3 options for sub points that you want to appear on your TOC.
- After you are done identifying all the titles/points you want to be on your TOC, got to the page where you want your Table of Contents to be generated (typically after the title page).
- Then, navigate to the References tab in Word, find the section labeled Table of Contents, and then click on the big Table of Contents button. A drop-down will appear with various pre-made TOC templates that you can readily use.
- Click on the template you want to use and a shiny TOC will be generated and placed in the document on the page you selected. You're done!
Tip: Note that the page numbers and text in the new TOC can be updated if you revise the document by selecting the auto-generated Table of Contents and clicking on the "Update table..." button that appears.
Hope this helps you!