College Thesis Help: Creating the Table of Contents

Some students will try to manually create the table of contents for their papers without understanding that there is a process built in to Word that is helpful. When trying to do this manually many give up quickly because they become frustrated. The spacing won't come out right and it is bothersome. There is a great fix for this. If you follow the steps that follow the process will be simple and it won't take you long. Your paper is sure to look great. You want to only use a table of contents when the paper is able to be divided into chapters or logical parts.

First Step

You need to look to see that the toolbar for formatting shows at the top of the paper. If it isn't open you will be able to open it by clicking in view and then moving down to toolbar. You will see many options there but the one you want is the formatting toolbar.

Step 2

In order to create a division or chapter for the paper you need to give that section a heading. The heading can be something simple like "Conclusion". To make the heading you need to use the menu on the left top of the screen. You then need to click on the Heading 1 and type in your heading or title and then click on return. You can start this process once the paper is written or during the paper.

Step 3

The table of contents creations. After the paper has all the divided sections you want it is time for the table of contents. You are getting close to being finished! You need to create a page at the papers beginning that is blank if you don't already have one. You will want to visit the toolbar and go over to insert, next select reference, and finally index and tables. Once the window comes up you will need to click on the table of contents and then okay.

Your table of contents is now created.

As you can see creating the table of contents is really not that difficult. Remember to be patient with your paper and if you know the tricks of word you will finding that it will be extremely simple to format your paper along with creating sections such as your table of contents and reference pages. Take your time and never be scared to learn new methods of doing things.