Table of contents not updating

If you are trying to add your text (currently in a text box) as a table of contents item by using the right-click menu, the menu won’t show up.

Instead, you can add it by adjusting the style of your text. Although this is a relatively minor problem, your users expect links to work correctly.

Before I dive into our solution, an obvious question that I think warrants some sort of explanation is why anyone would want to create TOC headings out of text boxes in the first place.

Answers are going to vary, but more often than not, this is for design purposes.

Learning to create, format, or update a table of contents in Word isn’t hard.

To fix the Table of Contents, I basically replace it.

The first entry that has incorrect formatting is TOC 2 (the second-level entries).

Click on that (click #1 above) to see the current settings in the Preview window, then click on Modify (click #2).

Each entry comes from a heading within your document, whether that’s a report, a white paper, a dissertation, or something else.

We can use the Styles pane in MS Word’s Home tab to “tag” each heading: Tip: When you update a table of contents in Word, choose “Update page numbers only” if your headings have moved (because you’ve added or deleted content) but their wording hasn’t changed.

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