How to Insert a Table of Contents in Word 2007

Microsoft Word 2007 offers a wide range of tools to customize word processing documents to fit any style or format. One of the simplest tools to use is the "Table of Contents" tool. The tool takes the heading styles defined by the user and creates a table of contents instantly. Users may choose from a list of built-in table of contents styles or define their own for an added level of uniqueness.

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Microsoft Word 2007 makes the addition of a table of contents a simple task.

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Highlight the heading of the first section of the document.

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Select the desired style for that heading from the "Styles" group under the "Home" tab. Choose a style that is listed as "Heading 1" for the main sections of the document.

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Highlight the heading of the first subsection of the first section of the document.

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Select the desired style for that heading from the "Styles" group under the "Home" tab. Choose a style that is listed as "Heading 2" for the main sections of the document.

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Repeat the above steps for the rest of the headings for the sections and subsections of the document. Remember to choose "Heading 1" styles for the main section headings and "Heading 2" for the subsection headings. Subsections that contain additional subsections use "Heading 3+" as necessary.

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Choose where you want to insert the table of contents. In most cases, this will be the first page.

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Click the "References" tab.

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Click on the "Table of Contents" button to open the menu.

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Choose one of the default formats or click "Insert Table of Contents" to customize the formatting options then click "OK" to insert the Table of Contents.