Do you know how to create a table of contents?

I create one for every new document as they make using the document so much easier. I can find what I need nice and quick, and it gives me an overview of what the document contains.

As your business grows, you’re going to have more and more words to organise. Emails, social media, website copy, messaging documents etc. It can quickly get out of control if you’re not keeping it organised. The simplest way to make your documents easier to navigate is to use a table of contents.

In this video I show you how to create a table of contents in a Word document, and then in a Google document.

Bonus tip

Once you’ve set up your headings to show up in a table of contents, you can also use other handy navigation tools.


Where to find the Navigation Pane in Word

To find the Navigation Pane:

  1. Click on the View tab in the top menu.
  2. Find the Show sub-menu, then tick the box beside Navigation Pane.

You can see an example of how the blog post document I was using to write this post looks in the screenshot below:

How to create a table of contents for your documents

You can use the Navigation Pane to look at your Headings, your Pages, and any Search Results. It’s one of my most used tools when I’m working on longer documents.


Where to find the document outline in Google Docs

The document outline will automatically appear on the left-hand side. You can only see the headings in the outline, so this tool doesn’t have the same functionality as the Navigation Pane.

In the example below, you can see how the outline looks in one of my old blog post documents.

How to create a table of contents for your documents

Running a business takes a lot of time, so let’s get to know the tools we use all the time to make them work more efficiently for us.

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