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How To Create Professional Table of Content Using MS-Word

This article gives a detailed pictorial illustration of how to create a professional table of content using Microsoft Word Software. A good table of content is necessary for professional academic writing; therefore, it is essential to learn how to create one.

This article also illustrates how to use MS Word to automatically create the table of contents without manually typing in the contents on a new page.

What Is A Table Of Content?         

A table of content is a list that shows all that is contained in academic writing with their page numbers. It groups them into headings, sub-headings, and other sub-sections. The table also shows the number of chapters and other sub-units contained in a book.

It is necessary for easy navigation through a book. A good table helps the reader to locate the particular page without having to read through the entire volume.

It is also necessary to show the different sections of a book such as the chapters, sub-chapters, etc, thereby making reading more efficient.

How To Create Table Of Contents on MS-Word

Before creating a table of content on MS Word, one must format the heading styles on the menu bar. In my previous article, I gave a detailed description of how to create headings and sub-headings using MS Word. Read through the article by clicking here.

To create the table, the following steps should be followed:

  • Create the headings and other subsections using the multilevel list on the menu bar as described here.
  • Go to the top of the document and add a line space using the ENTER KEY.

Create a line space

  • On the menu bar, select references.

  • Under the references, select the table of content.

Select table of content

  • Select automatic table 1
  • Proceed to format the Table using the appropriate line spacing.

Proceed to format

  • Go to view on the menu bar, and check the document map.
  • The document map will appear by the side to enable easy navigation to any document section.

This article has illustrated how to create a professional table of content using MS Word. If you have any comments or questions, please use the comment section below.

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