You could create a table of contents manually, but it would be a real waste of time. In this post I will show you how to create a table of contents in Word in an automatic way and also how to update it just in a few clicks.
I'll use The key to creating a quick and easy contents page is to use Word's built-in heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) for the titles (chapters) and subtitles (subchapters) of your document.
This article explains how to update the Table of Contents (Contents Page) or Table of Figures or Table of Tables in your Word 2007, 2010 or 2013 document, which could be a report, dissertation, thesis, book or anything else.
To find out how to create a Table of Contents in Word, please refer to this article.
Click on that (click #1 above) to see the current settings in the Preview window, then click on Modify (click #2).
Here’s where we can fix everything that’s wrong with the second-level TOC entries: we can change the font from Arial to Times New Roman with the drop-down in the center, and we can fix the paragraph issues (the right indentation and the amount of vertical space before and after) by clicking on the Format button at the bottom and choosing “Paragraph” from the menu.
Typically, the reason is that you’ve forgotten to update the TOC/LOT/LOF – these lists don’t update automatically.
There are several ways you can update these lists, but the safest way that seems to work properly every time, is to use the ‘Update Table’ buttons on the References tab in Word.
Don't worry if you haven't used them yet, I will show you how it works with regular text.
So now you have assigned the first main section of your document. Go on scrolling through the text and selecting the primary section titles. They will appear in your table of contents as the main section titles.
To find out how to create Tables of Figures and Tables of Tables, please refer to this article.