Click it to reveal a drop-down list of the various ways that Word can format your table for you.
Click one of the styles to choose it, and Word will automatically generate your table of contents in the location you specified.
But a manually created table takes time, is subject to formatting inconsistencies, and needs to be updated by hand each time a section in your document changes.
Thankfully, there’s a much easier way to handle a table of contents if you’re using Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac.
Once there, click the References tab in the toolbar.
Make sure the References tab is active so you can see the Table of Contents controls on the left Step 2 Click the “Table of Contents” button and choose one of the available preset styles Step 3 Step 4 Note that the entries generated in the Table of Contents reflect the heading structure in the main document.Just remember to keep applying heading styles as necessary when you modify your document and you’ll never have to worry that your chapter titles or your page numbers won’t match the table of contents. I gotta admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Word, powerful though it is, but I like this feature a lot.Want news and tips from Tek Revue delivered directly to your inbox?Word can not only generate one for you based on styles you’ve applied to your document, it can also update things with the click of a button when your document changes.No more spending your time tracking down and proofreading page numbers!Under the "Home" tab on the ribbon, in the "Styles" section, use headings 1, 2, and 3 so they will appear in the table.