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Table of Contents I: Create a basic TOC

The Index and Tables dialog box

Callout 1 Change the format of your TOC.
Callout 2 Show or hide page numbers.
Callout 3 Align page numbers.
Callout 4 Choose a tab leader.
Callout 5 Choose the number of levels required.

Changing the appearance of your TOC is simple. You can do it as you create the TOC or after it's built.

In the Index and Tables dialog box you can choose from a variety of built-in formats, such as Modern, Formal, or Simple. Simply click the arrow in the Formats box and choose whichever one you like. See the picture on the left for other options. (Not every built-in format offers all of the options shown in the picture.)

The From template option is a format that refers to an existing TOC style in the document you're working in. This means that instead of applying a new format, you could make changes to the existing TOC's format; so if you had chosen the Classic format you could then go back and make amendments to it. (If there is no existing TOC style in the document you're working in, then it will be a plain TOC with only the formatting you choose to apply in the dialog box.)

After redesigning an existing TOC in the dialog box, you'll be asked if you want to replace the old one. Just click OK: You'll replace the old TOC with the one including your new format.


  • There's nothing stopping you from editing the TOC by hand and changing the appearance of each entry individually; just remember to make this the very last thing you do, and don't update the TOC afterwards because you'll lose all the changes.
  • It's also possible to design your own TOC format. See the Quick Reference Card at the end of the course for details.
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