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Create a Table of Contents in Word

A table of contents (TOC) is important for a good eBook reading experience. A working TOC allows readers to navigate between chapters easily. By following the instructions on this page, you'll create two types of TOCs for your eBook:

  • TOC page. Also called an HTML TOC, this is a page at the beginning of your book with links to each chapter.
  • Kindle Interactive TOC. Also called the NCX, this TOC is displayed in the Kindle menu and can be accessed from anywhere in the book

Want a tool that can help you create an eBook TOC quickly and easily? Check out Kindle Create.


PC

Step 1

Apply chapter styles

  1. Highlight your first chapter title.
  2. Go to the Home tab.
  3. In the "Styles" section, click Heading 1.
  4. Repeat these steps for all chapter titles.

Step 2

Insert TOC

  1. Click where you want to insert your table of contents.
  2. Go to the References tab and click Table of Contents.
  3. Choose Automatic Table 1.
  4. Click Table of Contents again, but this time choose Custom Table of Contents.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, clear the Show Page Numbers box.
  6. Set Show levels to 1 and click OK.
  7. When asked if you want to replace the table of contents, click OK.

Step 3

Add bookmark

  1. Highlight the table of contents title "Contents."
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. In the "Links" section, click Bookmark.
  4. In the Bookmark name field, enter "toc" (without quotes), and click Add.
  5. Insert a page break after your table of contents.


Mac

Step 1

Apply chapter styles

  1. Highlight your first chapter title.
  2. Go to the Home tab.
  3. Under "Styles," click Heading 1.
  4. Repeat these steps for all chapter titles.

Step 2

Insert TOC

  1. Click where you want to insert your table of contents.
  2. Go to the References tab and click Table of Contents.
  3. Choose Classic.
  4. Click Table of Contents again, but this time choose Custom Table of Contents.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, clear the Show Page Numbers box.
  6. Set Show levels to 1 and click OK.
  7. When asked if you want to replace the table of contents, click Yes.

Step 3

Add bookmark

  1. Highlight the table of contents title "Table of Contents."
  2. Go to the Insert tab.
  3. Click Links section and choose Bookmark.
  4. In the Bookmark name field, enter "toc" (without quotes), and click Add.
  5. Insert a page break after your table of contents.

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