How to Make a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word 2007

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A table of contents in the beginning of a long Microsoft Word document can be a helpful guide, and simply assigning levels to each heading makes the process easy and automatic. Find out how to create an automatic table of contents with help from a computer applications consultant in this free video about using desktop publishing software.

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Hi! I'm Tracy Prentiss of Montague, Massachusetts, and I'm going to show you how to make a table of contents in Microsoft Word 2007. When you have a long document, it's always helpful to have a table of contents at the beginning, so people know what page to look at for information. To make a table of contents, there are two steps. The first step is to select the text you want to be in your table of contents. You highlight, the selected text, the desired text in your document, and up in your ribbon you have a tab called References. The References tab at the left has a table of contents group. The Add Text button allows you to add your selected text to your table of contents. Choose Level 1 for a major table of contents heading, and Level 2 for a secondary heading. You will go through your entire document, selecting text that you want to appear in the table of contents in the same way. Highlight it, add text and choose the level. When you have added all of your text to the table of contents, you position your insertion point where you would like the table of contents to go, and I'm going to put mine on top of my document. Then you click on the Table of Contents button. Word will display a gallery of built-in table of contents. You click on the one you like, and there is your table of contents with the page numbers for each topic that you've marked in your document. And that is how to make a table of contents in Microsoft Word.

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