Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do I turn a table of contents into a plain formatted text without field codes? I want to cut it away from the rest of the doc as an outline.

I'm using Word 2011 on a Mac.

share|improve this question

The Table of Contents is a fieldcode so it can be converted to text by unlinking the fieldcode.

Do the following:

  1. Highlight the entire Table of Contents.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9 (Windows) or or Cmd+Shift+F9 (Mac) to unlink the field code.
share|improve this answer
@Kirstin, you should mark this as answer to help the community in knowing this works appropriately. – Ashley Steel Aug 3 '15 at 16:43

Select the text inside the table of contents.

enter image description here

Then, click Edit » Copy (or Cmd-C) and click Edit » Paste Special… (or Cmd-Ctrl-V). Here, select the option to paste as "Unformatted Text". This is the result – apply formatting as you wish:

enter image description here

If you want to keep the style, paste as "Styled Text":

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
it doesn't give a "paste as styled text" option – Kirstin Feb 2 '12 at 14:58
I'm using Word 2011 too, on OS X. It's right there. What do you see? – slhck Feb 2 '12 at 15:01

If you want to keep the formatting as it looks in your original document, you can take a screen shot of the pages and save it as an image, then print that.

Another way to keep the formatting, is paste as stylized text then manually put in full stops.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .