Field codes: TOC (Table of Contents) field

The TOC (Table of Contents) field builds a table of contents. The TOC field collects entries for a table of contents using heading levels, specified styles (style: A combination of formatting characteristics, such as font, font size, and indentation, that you name and store as a set. When you apply a style, all of the formatting instructions in that style are applied at one time.), or entries specified by TC (Table of Contents Entry) fields. Microsoft Office Word inserts the TOC field when, you click Table of Contents in the Table of Contents group on the References tab.

 Note   If the table of contents created by the TOC field affects the pagination of the document, you may have to update the field again to reflect the correct page numbers.

Syntax

When you view the TOC field in your document, the syntax looks like this:

{ TOC [Switches ] }

 Note    A field code tells the field what to show. Field results are what’s shown in the document after having evaluated the field code. To toggle between viewing the field code and the field code results, press Alt+F9.

Switches

\a Identifier

Lists items captioned with the Caption command (References > Insert Caption) but omits caption labels and numbers. The identifier corresponds to the caption label. For example, although a caption on page 12 is "Figure 8: Mercury", the field { TOC \a figures } displays entries as "Mercury............12".

Use the \c switch to build a table of captions with labels and numbers.

\b BookmarkName

Collects entries only from the portion of the document marked by the specified bookmark (bookmark: A location or selection of text in a file that you name for reference purposes. Bookmarks identify a location within your file that you can later refer or link to.).

\c "SEQIdentifier"

Lists figures, tables, charts, or other items that are numbered by a SEQ (Sequence) field. Word uses SEQ fields to number items captioned with the Caption command (References > Insert Caption). SEQIdentifier, which corresponds to the caption label, must match the identifier in the SEQ field. For example, { TOC \c "tables" } lists all numbered tables.

\f EntryIdentifier

Builds a table from TC fields. If EntryIdentifier is specified, the table is built only from TC fields with the same identifier (typically a letter). For example, { TOC \f t } builds a table of contents from TC fields such as { TC "Entry Text" \f t }.

\h Hyperlinks

Inserts TOC entries as hyperlinks (hyperlink: A word, phrase, picture, icon, symbol or other element in a computer document or webpage on which a user may click to move to another part of the document or webpage or to open another document, webpage, or file.).

\l Levels

Builds a table of contents from TC fields that assign entries to one of the specified levels. For example, { TOC \l 1-4 } builds a table of contents from TC fields that assign entries to levels 1-4. TC fields that assign entries to lower levels are skipped.

\n Levels

Omits page numbers from the table of contents. Page numbers are omitted from all levels unless a range of entry levels is specified. For example, { TOC \n 3-4 } omits page numbers from levels 3 and 4. Delete this switch to include page numbers.

\o "Headings"

Builds a table of contents from paragraphs formatted with built-in heading styles (heading style: Formatting applied to a heading. Microsoft Word has nine different built-in styles: Heading 1 through Heading 9.). For example, { TOC \o "1-3" } lists only headings formatted with the styles Heading 1 through Heading 3. If no heading range is specified, all heading levels used in the document are listed. Enclose the range numbers in quotation marks.

\p "Separators"

Specifies the characters that separate an entry and its page number. For example, the field { TOC \p "—" }, with an em dash, displays a result such as "Selecting Text—53." The default is a tab with leader dots. You can use up to five characters, which must be enclosed in quotation marks.

\s Identifier

Includes a number such as a chapter number before the page number. The chapter or other item must be numbered with a SEQ field. Identifier must match the identifier in the SEQ field. For example, if you insert { SEQ chapter } before each chapter heading, { TOC \o "1-3" \s chapter } displays page numbers as 2-14, where "2" is the chapter number.

\d "Separator"

When used with the \s switch, specifies the number of characters that separate the sequence numbers and page numbers. Enclose the characters in quotation marks. Word uses a hyphen (-) if no \d switch is specified. In the table of contents generated by { TOC \o "1-3" \s chapter \d ":" }, a colon (:) separates chapter numbers and page numbers — for example, "2:14."

\t "Style,Level, Style,Level,..."

Builds a table of contents from paragraphs formatted with styles other than the built-in heading styles. For example, { TOC \t "chaptertitle,1, chapterhead,2" } builds a table of contents from paragraphs formatted with the styles "chaptertitle" and "chapterhead." The number after each style name indicates the table of contents entry level that corresponds to that style.

You can use both the \o switch and the \t switch to build a table of contents from built-in heading styles and other styles.

\u

Builds a table of contents by using the applied paragraph outline level (outline level: Paragraph formatting you can use to assign a hierarchical level (Level 1 through Level 9) to paragraphs in your document. For example, after you assign outline levels, you can work with the document in outline view or in the Document Map.).

\w

Preserves tab entries within table entries.

\x

Preserves newline characters within table entries.

\z

Hides tab leader and page numbers in Web layout view (Web Layout view: A view of a document as it will appear in a Web browser. For example, the document appears as one long page (without page breaks) and text and tables wrap to fit in the window.).

Examples

Field Resulting contents
{ TOC } All headings formatted with the built-in heading styles (heading style: Formatting applied to a heading. Microsoft Word has nine different built-in styles: Heading 1 through Heading 9.).
{ TOC \b Part1 \o "1-3" } All headings formatted with the built-in styles Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3, in the portion of the document marked with the bookmark (bookmark: A location or selection of text in a file that you name for reference purposes. Bookmarks identify a location within your file that you can later refer or link to.) "Part1."
{ TOC \c "Tables" } Tables that you captioned by using the Insert Caption button in the Captions group on the References tab.
{ TOC \f m } Entries marked with TC fields that contain the "\f m" switch. For example, the entry marked by { TC "Map: Expeditions of Champlain" \f m } is listed, but the entry marked by { TC "The Port Royal Colony" \l 3 } isn't.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007