When your document is ready for a table of contents .The TOC will be inserted where the cursor is, not at the start of the document.

A table of contents (TOC) provides a quick reference point for your document, giving the reader a brief overview of where to find what content.

When you insert a table of contents in Word 2010, Word searches through your document looking for items marked for use in the TOC.

Some elements, such as headings, are marked by default but you can also mark other elements manually yourself.

We’ll look at inserting a table of contents first, and then look at how we can mark items for use in the TOC later.

Thumbnail images representing the different TOC styles are displayed in the gallery and they adopt the current theme in your document.

Below, the theme in use by the document was Equity and you can see that the TOC uses those colours.You’ll also notice that there are two options in the menu for Automatic Table 1 and Automatic Table 2.These two options insert a table of contents that is automatically generated from the headings in the document. If you select , however, a structured TOC template is inserted but you have to type in the TOC’s contents manually, as shown below.The thumbnails give you a quick way of inserting a table of contents that will be styled the same way your documents is, but you are given more control with the option at the bottom of the menu.When you click this option, the following window opens.You can change such attributes for your TOC as the format and how many heading levels to show.