When you are working with really long documents, it becomes very difficult to remember which page has what information. To make it easy Word has an amazing feature called Table of Contents. A table of contents is just like the list of chapters in the beginning of a book. It lists each section in the document and the page number where that section begins.

Creating a table of contents in Microsoft Word document involves two steps. Firstly, you need to identify the text that you want to appear in the Table of Contents. Secondly, you must insert the Table of Contents. Having created your Table of Contents, you can then customize it in several ways, to suit your needs.

To create Table of Contents follow the steps given below:

Step 1:

Select the text you want to include in the table of contents, and then on the Home tab, click a heading style, such as Heading 1. Applying heading styles to the text you want to include in the table of contents will help Word to build Table of contents automatically, from those headings.

Do this for all of the text you want to show up in the table of contents. If you have sub topics then you might apply the Heading 2 style to each of your sub topics within the main topic.

Word uses the headings in your document to build an automatic table of contents that can be updatedwhen you change the heading text, sequence, or level.

Step 2:

Click where you want to insert the table of contents usually near the beginning of a document and then go to References Tab, click Table of Contents and choose an Automatic Table of Contents style from the list.

The Table of Contents is created. You can format or customize table of contents the way you desire. You can change the font, the numbering format of the heading levels. Word also allows you to have dotted lines between entries and page numbers.

The Table of Contents feature of Microsoft Word makes it easier to organise and navigate your document. A Table of Contents not only outlines documents but also provides viewers with a “map” of the content and the viewers can easily locate important information.