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Table of Contents I: Create an automatic TOC

Table of contents in document
Learn how to automatically create a table of contents, or TOC, in Microsoft Word 2007.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson and one practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Word 2007.
  • A short test at the end of the lesson; the test is not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare your document to use an automatic TOC.
  • Create an automatic TOC.
  • Update your TOC.

Before you begin

If you already know how to create a TOC and want to know more about formatting and customizing it, see Table of Contents II: Customize your TOC. If you want to learn about the fields that are behind the scenes in an automatic TOC and learn how to create more than one TOC in a document, see Table of Contents III: Use fields to create a TOC and create multiple TOCs.

Need a quick and simple way to create a table of contents? Or, have you previously gotten errors when you tried to create one? Here's a guaranteed way to include a TOC in your document — quickly and automatically.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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