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Create a Table of Contents from any keywords or phrases in your Word document

When you're creating a Table of Contents for your Microsoft Word document, it's easy to get muddled down into many complicated steps. However, find out how easy it is to create a TOC from any keyword or phrase in your document.

Your document does not need to have formatted Headings in order for Microsoft Word's Table of Contents feature to work. Word can build a Table of Contents from any phrases or keywords in your document.

For example, you might place an italicized phrase before each paragraph in your document and would like to use them to create a Table of Contents. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select the first phrase. Press [Alt][Shift][o].
  2. Click the Mark button.
  3. Scroll to and select the second phrase. Click the Mark button again. Repeat these steps until all phrases are marked.
  4. Click the Close button.
  5. Click where you want to insert the Table of Contents in your document.
  6. Go to Insert | Reference | Index And Tables.
  7. Select the Table Of Contents tab, click the Options button, and then select the Table Entry Fields check box.
  8. Click the OK button twice.

Word inserts the new Table of Contents based on your own marked phrases at the insertion point.

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