I was recently asked for assistance in formatting a table of contents in Microsoft Word. At the time, I didn’t have an answer but I am always up for a new learning challenge especially when it is related to one of the products in Office 365. With a little bit of research I found out the answer is actually quite simple. Because Microsoft has built in functionality to do the heavy lifting for us. So now I am going to show you just how easy it is to build a beautifully formatted Table of Contents.
Then select heading 1 from your styles menu and it will now be formatted correctly for your table of contents. Now it is very likely that changing the style from normal to Heading 1 will change the font, font size and font color. You will either need to manually change these back to your desired look or you can change the heading settings so that it updates to your desired appearance.
Now for the easy part, actually adding your table of contents. First select where you want your table of contents to go. Then on the references Tab of your main navigation ribbon select Table of Contents. From the dropdown select either “Automatic Table 1” or “Automatic Table 2”.
There are two ways to do this. The first is to click on your references tab and select update table from the table of contents menu. The second is to click on your table and select the update table option on the top left.
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