Adding a table of contents to a Microsoft Word 2016 document is not a complicated process. Still, if it is your first time doing so you may find it helpful if the process is laid out to you in clear words.
A table of contents lists chapters and other segments of a book or document. Most scientific books and many magazines display the table of contents on the first couple of pages of the document.
The table helps with the orientation but also highlights the logical structure of the document to the reader.
Microsoft Word 2016 supports adding the table of contents to a document. The Microsoft Office program pulls the data from headlines that you add to the document making it a very convenient process.
With that said, the first thing you need to do is make use of the heading tag as Word 2016 will use the information provided to generate the table of contents afterwards.
Note that the choice of heading determines how a particular entry is listed in the table of contents. Each heading tag but the main one is indented, so if you use H1, H2 and H3, H2 and H3 are indented whereas H1 is not.
Word 2016 ships with several table of contents templates that you can choose from. You can even download more templates from the Office website if the ones that are included are not what you are looking for.
Once you have added headings to your document, do the following to add the table of content to it:
You may delete the table of contents again, or modify headings in case something is not displayed like you want it to. One of the easier options for the latter is to enable the "navigation pane" under the View tab as it lists all headings of the document.
Another option that you have is to update the table. This is important if you modify the document, for instance by adding new headings to it or by adding or removing text so that the pages don't match anymore in the table of contents.
To update the table of contents in Word 2016, select it and click on the "update table" option that is displayed at the top of the table on each page it is displayed on.
And that is how you create, add, and update a table of contents in Word 2016.
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