How to Make a Table of Contents in Word 2013

In this HowTech written tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a table of contents in Word 2013.

If you have a research paper lengthy enough for a table of contents, or a chaptered book, then we got you covered.

This tutorial will cover an automatic table of contents for fast updating and no pesky manual work.

All of your chapters/sections need Headings so Word knows what you want in the TOC (table of contents).

table of contents

Heading 1 should be your main or largest section title, Heading 2 a subsection, and so on. Though this tutorial doesn’t cover it, you can edit a Heading by right-clicking and selecting Modify.

Heading 1 should be your main or largest section title

Go ahead and create some Headings. “Curiosity Structure 1” has the Heading 1 style, and “Introduction” has the Heading 2 style.

Go ahead and create some Headings

Go to References on the ribbon, click Table of Contents and let’s take a look at the Custom Table of Contents.

Go to References on the ribbon

Change the Show levels to however many Headings you will use, in this case only three.

Change the Show levels

If for some reason your main title is not Heading 1 or something else is incorrect, you can change the Heading to the corresponding TOC level (1 – main, 2 – subsection, etc.).

change the Heading to the corresponding TOC level

If you go to Modify, you can change how each TOC level will look like in the actual TOC.

go to Modify

After you finish Modifying the TOC levels to get what you want, hit OK.

finish Modifying the TOC levels

Our TOC should be completed.

Our TOC should be completed

If you ever add more sections or take away some, you will need to update your table. To do so, click Update Table, then select Update Entire Table and hit OK.

select Update Entire Table

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