If you don’t know how to properly compile a table of contents in a document, it can be a chore. Well, this time I will discuss how to create a Google Docs table of contents automatically.
The most important thing in compiling a paper or paper is the structure of the document. Because this is not only useful for dividing topics in typing, but also provides its own technical advantages.
Most people just write titles and sub-headings by setting the font to be larger or bolder. Although it works visually, this method is less precise and does not provide technical advantages.
So before moving on to creating an automatic table of contents, first set up your typing structure using the correct title format.
Set Title and Subtitle Format
How to set the title format in Google Docs is relatively the same as creating a title in MS Word. You can put the cursor on the type that will be the title/sub-title, then select the Title format in the menu.
Please pay attention to the structure. ‘Title’ (Title) will be the title of your document. ‘Title 1’ (Heading 1) will be the main sub-heading, ‘Title 2’ (Heading 2) will be the sub-heading under Heading 1, and so on.
If you’ve set all the headings and subtitles formatting in your document correctly, Google Docs will recognize it and will show you the structure of the document. This structure will be the table of contents.
Now, let’s display that table of contents.
Creating an Automated Google Docs Table of Contents
- Click the button ‘Insert‘(Insert) in the Menu.
- Choose ‘Table of contents‘ from the menu that appears.
- Choose one: With page numbers or without page numbers.
The table of contents will appear in your document immediately. As you can see, the layout is the same as the document structure. This method is also not too different from creating a table of contents in MS Word.
Fun again, if you arrange it correctly, Google Docs will recognize the existing subtitles. You can click on one of the sub-headings in the table of contents and go directly to that section.
But if you want to make that quick access publicly available (e.g. when accessed online or converted to a PDF), you can make it a clickable link.
Creating a Link for the Title of the Table of Contents
- Select the relevant title/sub-heading.
- Right click.
- Choose ‘Link‘ from the menu that appears.
- Select the corresponding Title/Sub-title from the menu that appears.
Google Docs will provide appropriate link suggestions (links). But if the existing link does not match the title in the document, you can click ‘Heading dan Bookmark‘ from the menu that appears.
Updating Table of Contents
It is not impossible that you will add other sections in the document. No problem. As long as you still follow the existing document structure pattern, you can easily update the Table of Contents.
Just click the icon ‘Refresh‘ in the top left corner of the Table of Contents or right-click on the Table of Contents and select ‘Update table of contents’ in the menu that appears.
Well, that’s how to automatically create a Google Docs table of contents with a quick access link to the title/sub-title in question. Now your documents are not only neat, but also easily accessible because they are interactive.