I'm using Word 2011 on OS X and have a problem with the table of contents.
It lists itself as the first chapter.
How do I stop it from doing so?
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Check the style you used for the heading on the table of contents (TOC). Chapters in many tables of contents are generated from the heading styles. If you used Heading 1 as the style for the heading on the TOC, then it will show up as a chapter.
To fix this you can do one of the following.
I know that the question is about
Word 2011, but I wanted to put this here in case anyone else was trying on a not-so-different version.
Word 2010, select your TOC header and go to the
References tab in the top bar, from there select
Add Text and select
Do Now Show in Table of Contents.
Repeat this for any other headings that you wish to remove (I also used this to exclude
List of Figures and
List of Tables from my TOC.
To set up a Table of Contents in Word for Mac 2011 I give everything a style, then:
Go into Document Elements on the ribbon.
Select Table of Contents -> Options.
Click Options and I get the Table of Contents Options window. This allows me to specify the styles I want to include in the TOC and what level each style is (1-4). To remove a style, clear the option.
Then go back and rebuild the TOC.
Actually when you add the table of contents (TOC) by choosing "Document Elements" on the Ribbon (I think it is called, underneath the first row of icons) and then there "Table of Contents" (second from the left), then "Insert", you then get a selection of styles for your TOC.
Choosing one of the "automatic" TOC's (first row) the inserted TOC contains automatically a title formatted as "Heading 1" that did NOT list itself in the TOC underneath. So Word does the trick itself.
For international users: You can manually change the title of the TOC to whatever you need in your language, updating the TOC will only update the titles and/or page numbers but leave the title of the TOC untouched.
For those searching this answer nowadays and looking for the way to exclude the Table of Contents (TOC) for the headings automatic numbering (NOT the one inside the TOC, the general one for the headings). I lost 45 minutes of my life for the Word's bad programming (and because none in the web never answered to this problem) but I solved it.
Don't look at the answers, the 1st one doesn't work, the other ones doesn't answer the question.
Go to the syles until the last row where the "Table of content's title" is. Modify the property of the style and on the "Style based on" option remove "Heading 1" and put "Normal" or whatever that is not a heading. Problem solved, the table of content heading won't numbered as 1.