After you link your headings, following the directions in the Body Formatting section, you can use Word to auto-populate your Table of Contents. The other option is to hand create the Table of Contents and manually update the page numbers. Review the steps in either option and ensure that you check the page numbers against where the headings appear in the body of the work before submission (even if you link the headings, it is best to go through and ensure that all headings were included and linked at the correct level).
The Table of Contents should include all major elements that follow it. Do not list any items that precede the Table of Contents (your abstract should not have an entry on the Table of Contents, for example).
You do not need to include every level of heading on the Table of Contents, only chapter titles are required. If you choose to include the next level(s) of heading(s) after the chapter, it must be consistently included for all chapters (i.e. if you include major and minor heading entries for Chapter 1, you must also include them for every chapter after that).
1. Type TABLE OF CONTENTS and center it.
2. On the next line down, right align the word PAGE in all capital letters.
3. Go to the references tab of Word. Click on Table of Contents.
4. You will have the option to select customize table of contents.
5. In the dialog box that opens, decide how many levels of headings you wish to include. Enter that number under "Show Levels". Click Okay.
Note: This will only successfully work if you have correctly linked your headings in the body of the work.
If changes occur to the headings or the headings are moved to a different page, you will need to update your table of contents. To do so:
1. Right click and select "Update Field"
2. Select Update entire table
1. Type TABLE OF CONTENTS in all capital letters and center it.
2. On the next line down, right align PAGE written in all capital letters.
3. Set your tabs by opening the paragraph dialog box and going to the Tabs setting. You will have four tabs set:
4. Type the first entry. If you have a List of Tables, this will be your first entry. Tab to input the dot leaders. Manually type the page number that the entry is listed on.