Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Generating a table of contents
generating a table of contents
A table of contents is one of the most important elements by
which readers find information in your documents. Word 2013
easily creates a table that lists all the headings in the document
and their page numbers. The entries in the list are hyperlinks
to the headings in the text. This means that if the document is
open in the Word program it’s easy to jump directly to a topic
A table of contents usually contains the text that has been
formatted by using the built-in heading styles in a document.
However, Word gives you the option of including additional
text that will be displayed only in the table of contents, but not
in the document body. You enter this text in the field codes of
hidden fields by using the keyword TC. For example, if each
chapter title is just a Heading 1 that contains only the chapter
number ( just 1, 2, 3, and so on), that could be confusing in a
table of contents. To make the table of contents more user-
friendly, you can enter text such as “Chapter One” in a TC field,
which you can then choose to include in the table of contents.
Before you insert a table of contents, it’s a good idea to exam-
ine the headings in your document to be sure that all the para-
graphs have the correct heading styles. The Navigation pane is
an excellent tool for that task.
Check the headings
1 Open a document that contains text and headings formatted by
using the various built-in heading styles.
2 On the View tab, in the Show group, select the Navigation Pane
check box (if it isn’t already selected).