#290 Updating Your Automatic Table of Contents

Last week we saw how easy it is to create an automatic table of contents (TOC). One of the best ways to take advantage of the automatic-ness of it comes in when you add and/or remove content to/from your document. If you create it manually, changes to your document could totally obliterate your table of contents –and there are ALWAYS changes! Since you know how to work smarter and create the automatic version, all you have to do is remember to use those built-in styles we talked about last week and simply tell word to update it for you.

Personally, I think the right-click method is the easiest.

Simply right-click in the Table of Contents area. (It will likely have a gray background. ) Then select the Update Field.. option.

Update the table of contents (Menu Option)

If you added or removed headings or other table of contents entries in your document, you can quickly update the table of contents.

  1. On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Update Table.

  1. Click Update page numbers only or Update entire table.

Delete a table of contents

Of course if things get totally messed up you can always just delete the whole thing and start over.

  1. On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Table of Contents.

  1. Click Remove Table of Contents.

If you’d like to see this in action or give it a try yourself here’s a copy of my sample document: Word-TableOfContents

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