Creating a table of contents is a great way to organize your document and make it easier to navigate. A table of contents is especially useful for a long document that covers various topics as it would allow you to take a quick look at the headings of different sections and click on the section that you would like to read.
This is a better alternative to scrolling through the document to find the section you’re looking for.
All word processing software, including Word, Pages and Google Docs allow you to conveniently create a table of contents in your document.
In this article, we will be talking about how to create this table in Google Docs.
How does a table of contents work in Google Docs?
As you’ll see, all you have to do to insert a table of contents in your Google Docs document is click on one option. Then, Google Docs will automatically generate the table for you.
The table of contents will have links to the various headings in your document, with the smaller heading nested under the bigger one (for example, heading 2 will be indented under heading 1 and heading 3 will be indented under heading 2). Hence, you cannot create a table of contents if you don’t have any headings in your document.
When you click on this link, you will automatically be taken to that section in the document. You also have the option of creating a table of contents that shows the page numbers of the headings.
Inserting heading in your document
In the previous section, we noted that you cannot insert a table of contents if you don’t have headings in your document. Here, we’ll talk about how to create headings.
There are 2 ways of creating headings. The first is by changing the paragraph style from your toolbar. Below the title of your document, you can see a toolbar with the ‘Normal text’ option. Click on this option to see the various paragraph styles that are available. Next, choose the title whose heading you want to change and click on one of the options.
The other way to change the heading is by going to Format, clicking on the ‘Paragraph styles’ option, and choosing one of the options there.