If you’re using Styles in your Microsoft Word document, you can insert an automatic Table of Contents with just a few clicks. And if you’ve ever wondered how to insert updatable references like “see page 9 for more”, you’ll learn how to do that as well in this tip.
Use Styles for Speed and Consistency
The first step before you can insert Tables of Contents or page references is to use Styles. You can find these in the Styles groups under the Home tab on the Ribbon. If you want to switch to a different Style set, go to the Document Formatting group under the Design tab.
All you have to do is select your document’s headings, and apply Styles like Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.
Inserting a Table of Contents
A table of contents is automatically generated from the Styles you’ve applied, such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, and so on.
Once you’ve used Styles, you can insert a Table of Contents.
Inserting References to Sections of Your Document
With your Heading styles applied, you can also now insert page references in your document. For example, let’s say you want to refer to the page number of a certain section with a heading, like “For instructions, see Inserting a Table of Contents on page X“.
Updating Your Table of Contents and References
If you add new sections or items move to new pages, you’ll need to update your table of contents and any page references.
To update your table of contents:
To update your page number references
Updating references is easy! Right-click your page number reference (you may need to click on it until it is highlighted in gray first) and choose Update Field.
And that’s it! Now you can create tables of contents and page references with just a few clicks.