Create a Table of Contents

By Alice Keeler

When creating a text document in Google docs it can be handy to have a table of contents.  The TOC might be used for long documents that would allow participants in the document to know the outline of the document as well as be able to jump to the part of the document that covers that topic.

Steps:

Refreshing the table of contents

Users using the Table of Contents

Steps:

To create a TOC you will go to the insert menu and choose table of contents.  


The TOC will be inserted where your cursor is. In order to get the TOC to work you will have to utilize the heading options. Highlight the text you wish to make a header, in the toolbar the default is normal text.  Change the text from normal text to being a heading.

Heading 1 will create the largest font and will be justified left in your table of contents.

Heading 2 will be smaller in the document and will be indented in the table of contents

Heading 3 will be small within the document and indented in the table of contents further in than heading 2.

Sample TOC

Refreshing the table of contents

Initially when inserting the table of contents it will be blank unless you have already created text that is formatted with headings. You will need to go back to the table of contents and click on the area where the TOC is.  A refresh icon will appear to the right.  

Notice the current TOC only has the title steps listed.

Once I refresh I can see that the TOC now includes both the link to Steps and Refreshing the table of contents.

Users using the Table of Contents

When the document is in edit mode the user will need to click on the blue link and then click on the link that appears below the link.  If the document is published (File -> Publish document) and the published link is shared with users the reader can click on the table of contents link directly.