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Insert a table of contents in Word 2007


Here is a small tutorial to quickly and simply create a table of contents (or summary) in Word 2007. Indeed, too many people still create their summaries manually by entering each chapterhead or even typing the dots on their keyboard! Save time and give your document a professional (not amateur) aspect by following this guide.

To do this, launch Word 2007, using the Start menu, All programs, Microsoft Office, et enfin, Microsoft Office Word 2007.

Open one of your most beautiful compositions via the button Office then Open.

One of the rules to follow in making a document is to use styles to prioritise the document. Office 2007 offers a whole bunch of very professional styles and easy to apply. Simply select your section title and then click on the desired style (think to respect the hierarchy in your document: title 1 for e.g. I, Title 2 for A, Title 3 for 1...).

Menu des styles dans Word 2007
Style menu in Word 2007

We will now insert our table of contents. First, choose in your document the location where your summary should be located (usually at the beginning) by simply clicking on the location of your choice (a flashing cursor appears).

On the tab References, click on Table of Contents and opt for the first or the second.

Menu dinsertion dune table des matières
Menu d' insertion of a table of contents

Your table of contents appears before your eyes with the corresponding page numbers.

Un exemple de table des matières dans Word 2007
An example of a table of contents in Word 2007

If you have to make changes in your document, it may be necessary to update the table.

On the tab References, simply click on Update the table, check Update the whole table, then click on OK.

Boite de dialogue de mise à jour de la table
Table Update dialog box

Note: by default, only Level 1, 2 and 3 titles are displayed. To change this setting, under the References tab, click Tables of Contents, then click Insert Table of Contents....

Options de la table des matières
Table of Contents Options

On the Tables of Contents tab, in the General section, increase or decrease the Show Levels value (from 1 to 9) and click OK to validate.

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  • Franck

    Good morning,

    Thank you for that tutorial.

    I am looking for a solution to make a summary by part in a document. Is it possible to display only the titles that are between chque in summary? Where is it necessary to create title styles by part to get this result?

    Thank you in advance

  • Franck

    Thank you for your first return.

    Maybe with an example it'll be clearer.

    Below is a description of my document:
    *Intro
    *Part 1
    *Part 2
    *Part 3
    *Annexes

    Thus, I would like to make a main summary before the intro and then a summary per part that I will post upstream of each part:

    — Main Summary (Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Annexes)
    — Intro
    — Summary of Part 1
    — Part 1
    — Summary of Part 2
    — Part 2
    etc.,

    For now I have succeeded using different title styles by part. My wish is to be able to use the same title styles for all parties while continuing to generate part-by-part summaries.

    Thank you in advance

    • Benjamin Denis Post author

      A priori you cannot automatically make a table of contents for a desired part. On the other hand, you can insert a so-called manual table of contents that allows you to have all the layout ready and thus complete the fields manually.

      So for the general summary, automatic model; and for part summaries, manual mode (semi-automatic in reality). (see second screenshot of the article, 3 rd choice)

  • Antoine

    Good morning,
    To make intermediate summaries, it is necessary to:
    1/create a bookmark for the party concerned (select the text, then insert; Bookmark)
    2/You insert your table of contents, and you right click, edit the fields, edit the field code and there you add the following switch: \B nomquetuasdonnéausignet
    3/Updates
    That’s it, I hope it works for you.

  • Victorion Marie-Therese

    Looking for the help of Word 2007 I discover your site very interesting. Thank you for all your sharing Benjamin Denis. Thank you very much. Maritee2

  • Victorion Marie-Therese

    Hello Benjamin Denis and friend-e-s internet users,
    The tutorial table of contents helped me well; there’s still a problem for me. In the document explorer I put in visible form the hierarchy of the table — beautiful gradients! — and this appears in the table in the document.
    My big problem: when I close Word and PC and when I open my document again, all this beautiful hierarchy has disappeared. It’s been 5 times I‘ve done it again and I’m desperate! The correspondent for whom I correct and format this document must return his text to his thesis director of philosophy after the holidays of Toussaint.
    Thank you very much to the person who will help me. Good day and cordially..
    Maritee2

  • faeve

    good evening I walk your site, thank you for the help I was able to find there. On the other hand, I have a problem when I launch the table of matter in automatic, I have pieces of text that adds in addition. How to prevent it?

    Thank you

  • Azzarine

    Good evening, I already know how to make a table of contents under W07 but in fact, I would like to know if it is possible to display it on the left of the document, like a frame or explorer (of the windows type) so that you can click on the titles on the left to reach the chapters in the document?