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Table of Contents I: Create an automatic TOC

Animation of how to prepare your document and create an automatic TOC.

There are two steps you take to create an automatic TOC:

  1. Prepare your document by assigning heading styles to the chapter titles and headings that you want to appear in the TOC.
  2. Collect those titles and headings into the TOC.

We'll explain each step in the following sections.

Tip     If you have already used Word's built-in heading styles, Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3, for your chapter titles and headings, you can skip step 1 and go straight to step 2. Check your chapter titles and headings by clicking the title or heading and then looking in the Styles group on the Home tab. If they are set up as Heading 1, Heading 2, or Heading 3, you're all set.

Click Play to see how to prepare your document and create an automatic TOC.

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