Inserting a table of contents using styles

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One of the things I'm on a rant about these days is loooooong documents.  Complicated documents, like 20+ page contracts and appellate briefs and stuff like that.

Why?  Because they always seem to need special stuff inserted in them.  Like custom headers and footers.  And level-1 and level-2 and level-out-the-wazoo headings.  It's enough to make your head spin.

But if you've got mad skills and you plan your document right, a lot of this stuff becomes easier.  Like putting in a simple table of contents, for example.

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And if one of your mad skills is using the Styles feature to format your document headings, that's going to make it way easier to pull together an automated table of contents.  Once you've marked each heading and subheading with the appropriate level style, those same styles can be the basic building blocks for  a table of contents that updates itself.  (How cool is that?)

Here, let me show you:

Word  2007-2010

Word 2013-2019

See, that's not so hard, is it?

Once you've inserted your Table of Contents, you might want to modify the formatting. Click here to learn how.

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Deborah Savadra

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.

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