In this video, learn how to create a table of contents in Google Docs. A table of contents is a list of the main headings and subheadings of your manuscript. The table of contents comes after the title page and allows you to see all your chapters and subheadings at a quick glance.
The first step in creating a table of contents in Google Docs is setting up headers within your manuscript. The headers will consist of your chapter titles and any subheadings within your chapter.
Go to the first chapter of your manuscript and highlight the chapter title. In the tool bar, click the Styles drop down menu and select Heading 1 < Apply Heading 1.
You’ll know that you’ve done this correctly if your chapter title now appears on the left.
If you have subheadings within the chapter, highlight the subheading. In the tool bar, click the Styles drop down menu and select Heading 3 < Apply Heading 3.
If done correctly, you will now see your subheadings also appear on the left.
Now that everything is formatted correctly, you’ll need to add your table of contents after the title page.
Place your cursor after your name and click Insert > Break > Page Break.
On this new page, go to Insert > Table of Contents > Select the first option with page numbers and your table of contents will appear. If you ever need to update your table of contents maybe because you’ve added additional chapters, changed your chapter title, added additional headers or renamed a header, click this refresh button to update the table of contents and it will also update the page numbers.
And that’s how to create a table of contents in Google Docs! Want to learn more Google Docs Hacks?
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