Word table of contents not updating

01-Oct-2016 13:04

Some instructions for Word 2007 and above are included in the topics below.

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If you have never used a TOC before, I highly recommend that you read Shaunas article before reading this one.

Because Word by default builds a TOC based on Words built-in heading styles, inserting a TOC will be most straightforward if you have used these heading styles in the way they were intended to be used: Heading 1 for the title of the highest division you want included (which may be a part, section, or chapter), Heading 2 for the title of the next-lower division, and so on.

There are also many other good reasons for using Words built-in heading styles.

Some of the tricks detailed in the present article also require editing the TOC field; if you have never edited a Word field, you can find instructions for editing any field later in this article.

Here's what you'll find in this article: One way or another, you can generate a table of contents that includes exactly what you want to include and nothing more, but this is much easier to do if you give some thought to the TOC when you are creating the document itself.

By default, Word creates a TOC based on Headings 13.