How To Make A Table Of Contents In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a table of contents in Google Docs.

How To Make A Table Of Contents In Google Docs

If you are working on a large document in Google Docs, it may be helpful to create a table of contents. This will allow users to jump to different sections of the document without having to scroll much.

To create a proper table of contents, the document itself must have the appropriate headings for each section. In this guide, we will show you how to create a table of contents in Google Docs. We will also go over how to create different styles of table of contents.

How to Add a Table of Contents in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a table of contents in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to add a table of contents to.

Step 2

Select a line in the document where you want to insert the table of contents.

In the example seen above, we’ll place our table of contents after the first paragraph of our document.

Step 3

Select Insert > Table of Contents to reveal the possible options for your table of contents.

By default, you can choose to create a table of contents in the following styles: Plain Text, Dotted, and Links.

Step 4

Select one of these options to add the table of contents to your table.

In the example below, we’ve added a Plain Text table of contents with the page numbers displayed.

We can also opt for a version of the table of contents with dotted lines.

Lastly, we can format our table of contents as a list of links.

Step 5

Click on the table of contents to reveal some additional options. One of these options is the ability to update the table of contents itself.

This is useful when you’ve made changes to your headers and would like to see the changes reflect in your table of contents.

Step 6

Selecting the table of contents will also reveal the option to remove the table of contents from your document.

Step 7

If you click on More options, you will see a panel on the right where you can modify various settings for your table of contents.

For example, you can change the indent spacing for each type of heading. We can also use this panel to toggle whether or not to display page numbers in the table of contents.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to learn how to make a table of contents in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.