Word can generate a table of contents for your document based on the document’s heading styles. For example, paragraphs formatted with the Heading 1 style would be main headings in the table of contents, paragraphs formatted with the Heading 2 style would be subheadings, and so on.
If one of the built-in templates isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can customize a table of contents.
Click anywhere in the table of contents.
Click the Table of Contents button.
Select Custom Table of Contents.
A dialog box opens, with options to customize the appearance and behavior of the table of contents.
You have the option to toggle whether page numbers appear and whether those page numbers are right-aligned, as well as specify what sort of tab leader appears between the heading text and the page number.
You can also select whether the table of contents uses the current document’s theme, or select another theme from the Formats list.
Finally, you can adjust how many outline levels deep the table of contents should go.
Customize the appearance of the table of contents.
As you adjust the table of contents options, the previews update to show you how the table of contents will appear.
If you’re customizing an existing table of contents, you’ll need to confirm the changes that you’ve made.
The table of contents is replaced by the table that you customized.