How to Add a Table of Contents in Google Docs

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A Google Docs table of contents is a useful guide for readers, because it not only shows them a list of topics but also includes jump links to help them navigate. If you create a TOC in Google Docs, it remains in the document, even if you export it as a PDF or Word Doc. Fortunately, it's easy to make your own table of contents, as well as update it if you add or subtract sections.  Here are our step-by-step instructions for creating and updating a table of contents in Google Docs.

How to Add a New Table of Contents in Google Docs

1. Write a section header and click Normal text.toc2

2. Select Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 4 or Heading 4, depending on your formatting preference.toc3

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each section.toc4

4. Click in the document where you want the table of contents to appear.tocins

5. Click Insert.

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6. Select Table of contents.toc6

You've created a table of contents.


How to Update a Table of Contents in Google Docs

1. After you add more headings, click inside the Table of Contents box.2 click

2. Click the refresh arrow.toc refr

You've made and updated a table of contents in Google Docs.

Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Harsha Says:

    Thanks a ton! This was helpful.

  • Mujaahid Haywood Says:

    Thanks a bunch, Henry. I have been wondering how to do this on docs for quite some try. Now I know :)

  • Terri Padilla Says:

    Hello Henry,
    I am glad that I found this site. It may sound crazy to you but, I have been feeling intimidated with the thought of using Google docs. Yes, I am proficient in excel, word, pp, etc... My main delay has been that I need everything to be in order and almost perfect before I put it out there. Yes, I have issues. lol. I work full time and have a direct sales job on the side. My goal before the end of the year is to have every document that my team needs to succeed uploaded, easy to find, email and print. I did see where I could have a table of contents which I think would be the best way to go for everyone. Question.... If I update a document that I have stored... will it automatically be updated in Facebook where the files will be for my team to get to? BTW... this information has been the best so far. Thank you. Terri

  • Mike S. Says:

    thanks mate, better than google's actual website.

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