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For those of you who don’t know, a ‘live’ table of contents is one with clickable links rather than page numbers. This is a great e-book feature because it makes it easier for your readers to find exactly what they want, click, and they are there.
If you are adding a table of contents to an existing document, open the document and click on Insert -> Reference -> Index and Tables.
Uncheck Show Page Numbers and check Use hyperlinks instead of page numbers.
Click Show Outlining Toolbar then OK. You will see the outlining toolbar under the last toolbar you are displaying.
Find the words or phrases that you want in your table of contents.
Highlight those words or phrases one at a time and in the Outlining Toolbar in the drop-down menu, choose how you want that phrase displayed – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. For example, the title of chapter 1 would be level 1. Any subheadings under chapter 1 would be level 2 and so on.
When you are finished highlighting and choosing levels, put your cursor where you want the table of contents to appear and click on Update TOC in the Outlining Toolbar. Your ‘live’ table of contents will appear.
Suppose you do all of this and your table of contents is created but you want to add a chapter or subheading. Simply tag the title or sub-title with the level you want it to be and click Update TOC in the Outlining Toolbar. It will then be included in your TOC in the correct order.
This is an excellent and easy to use feature in Microsoft Word that will make your e-book great!
For more tips and tricks for authors using Microsoft Word, please visit Word For Authors at http://www.wordforauthors.com