Adding a table of contents to your Google Docs is important once they reach dozens of pages. While many overlook this feature in favor of the document outline, it's a useful tool to tell readers what's in the document and help them navigate it.
Google Docs' table of contents can be created automatically by pulling data directly from your heading styles. While it doesn't matter which type of heading you choose for this, generally Heading 1 should be used for your title, Heading 2 for main headings, and Heading 3 for sub-headings.
This will help to create a nice, readable hierarchy for your document. With that said, let's jump into how to create a table of contents in Google Docs:
How to Make a Table of Contents in Google Docs
Once you have a document set up, Google does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to table of contents. Open the document you'd like to add one to, if you haven't already, and we'll show you how in just a few seconds.
- Add your section headers
- Create a table of contents in Google Docs
Now that you've completed your headings, you'll be wondering how to add a table of contents in Google Docs. You can find the option under the “Insert” menu on your toolbar. In the fly-out menu, click “Table of contents” to create it.
- Preview your table of contents and make any adjustments
Thankfully, there's no need to delete the whole thing. Simply make the changes and follow the section below to update the table.
Now that you've created the table of contents in your Google Doc, check it to ensure all of the headings are there. If they aren't, you may have forgotten to change one to a heading style.
How to Update a Google Docs Table of Contents
So, you created your Google Doc's table of contents, only to add more headings or realise you missed one. By default, you may notice that the links aren't modified to relect your changes.
To remedy this, follow these steps:
- Refresh your table of contents
- Check your updated table of contents
Now that you're into the Google ecosystem, you may want to learn how to completely uninstall Microsoft Office. You can always follow our guide on opening a Word document without Word if you get sent a .doc file.