I am reading a web page about the codes for TOC in MS word here.
It explains the possible switches when creating a TOC, one of them being \u.


Builds a table of contents by using the applied paragraph TE000128012.

What do they mean by "paragraph TE000128012" ?

a google search gave only three results, none of them were helpful :D

Thank you !

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    Just a guess: possibly someone has reported an error in the documentation, Microsoft has assigned a code (TE000128012) to that report, inserted the code as a placeholder, and in this case did not get around to replacing the placeholder by some updated text. – user181946 Jul 21 '16 at 6:47
  • Well, I asked, and the code was eventually removed from the page. Apparently it was a bug in the docs. – Borislav Ivanov Jan 29 at 7:14

\u: Builds a table of contents by using the applied paragraph outline level (outline level: Paragraph formatting you can use to assign a hierarchical level (Level 1 through Level 9) to paragraphs in your document. For example, after you assign outline levels, you can work with the document in outline view or in the Document Map.).

From here

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    Thank you! any idea what is the mysterious "paragraph TE000128012" ? – Moha the almighty camel Jul 20 '16 at 13:37

Create some test document, and type in it:





Next, put the caret on the 1st foo line, and change it's outline level from "Body text" to "Level 1", as shown in this screenshot:

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Repeat this action for 2nd foo line.

The same way, change the outline level of bar lines from "Body text" to "Level 2".

After these actions, you can use {toc \u} to build a table of contents.

From my point of view, the \u switch intended for use with custom heading styles (if you want to use something like "My Heading 1" and "My Heading 2" instead of build-in "Heading 1" and "Heading 2" and then create TOC based on these custom styles).

But, you also can create TOC based on your custom styles using the \t switch.

That's mean, \u and \t do very similar job. \u is more automated, while \t gives you ability for more precise "tuning".

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