Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – How to Create a Table of Contents, October 14, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – How to Create a Table of Contents

If you have a long document, and have taken care to use Style headings for your sections and subsections, then you not only have a well organized document that can also be easily navigated with screen readers, u have also gained the advantage of being able to use those headings to create an automatic table of contents. Each heading will become an entry in the table of contents.

  • Position your cursor where you want to insert the table of contents.
  • Press Alt+S, T to open the Table of Contents submenu on the References Tab of the ribbon.
  • Press Enter to select the Automatic Table 1 or Automatic Table 2 style. The table of contents will be inserted at your cursor position. Note that each heading appears in the table of contents as a link so readers of your document can activate those links to jump directly to the corresponding section of your document.
  • If you change the document and need to update the table of contents, just position the cursor within the existing table of contents and press the Applications key. Then choose Update Field from the resulting context menu.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.