Microsoft Word/MS Word 2003 TOC


I've checked all of my headings to make sure they are the correct level, but when I try to insert a TOC nothing happens. I do have a page break and continuous breaks, but it once worked with these breaks and now it doesn't even add a TOC. Absolutely nothing happens. How can I remedy this? I greatly appreciate your help.

Hi there Angie

To create the TOC, you must first ensure that all the headings that you want to include in it are formatted with the right paragraph styles (it sounds like you have done this).

I don't have 2003 installed any more so I am pasting in the Microsoft help link for this topic:

To insert a TOC field:
Start Word, and then open your document.
Click an empty paragraph where you want to insert the table of contents.
On the Insert menu, point to Reference, and then click Index and Tables.
Click the Table of Contents tab, and then click Show Outlining Toolbar.
In the Index and Tables dialog box, select the options that you want to apply to your table of contents, and then click OK.

You receive the following message:
To add or remove items in the table of contents:

1. Select text in your document.
2. Click the outline level in the toolbar to make the text appear in the table of contents.
NOTE: If the text contained in your document is not marked to be included in a TOC, you receive the following error message, which appears in your document instead of the TOC:
Error! No table of contents entries found.
Click OK.

The main thing is that the paragraph styles that Word expects to use for the TOC must be the same ones that you have used to format your heading paragraphs.

Hope this helps!

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Karen Lee Biddle


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