Table of contents

A table of contents can be easily created in Word documents if you format your headings using the Word styles formatting options.

Including a correctly formatted table of contents will help all users navigate your document more easily. If created using Word heading styles, it will also help those with screen readers navigate your document more easily.

Topic/issue Action Comment
Table of contents present Insert this at the beginning of Word and PDF documents. Accessed from the References ribbon (2007) and the References tab (2013). A table of contents greatly Improves usability and navigation.
Table of contents created using Word heading styles Word heading styles can be accessed from the Home ribbon > Styles box (2007) or Home tab > Styles box (2013). Using Word heading styles adds hyperlinks in the table of contents. Users can then easily ‘jump’ to the relevant part of the document from the table of contents.
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