How to Add Table of Contents in Google Docs

Adding the table of contents (TOC) into a Google Docs document is a simple task. Let’s see how to do that on PC and iPhone.

Apply Heading Paragraph Style

Before we see the steps to add TOC, it is essential to note that the table of contents contains headings only.

So, you need to apply a Heading paragraph style to the text you want to be in the table of contents and here’s how you can do that on PC and iPhone:

PC

Sign in to Google Docs. Open the document.

Select the text for which you wish to apply the Heading paragraph style.

Keep in mind that there are 6 Heading paragraph styles (H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, and H6) in Google Docs. You can use the below shortcuts to apply the one you prefer.

Heading 1 – Ctrl + Alt + 1
Heading 2 – Ctrl + Alt + 2
Heading 3 – Ctrl + Alt + 3
Heading 4 – Ctrl + Alt + 4
Heading 5 – Ctrl + Alt + 5
Heading 6 – Ctrl + Alt + 6

Now, you can see that the one you’ve chosen is applied to the selected text. Repeat the above steps (2 and 3) for all the text you want.

iPhone

  1. Open Google Docs app.
  2. Open the document, and then hit the “Pencil” icon at the bottom.
  3. Select the text.
  4. Tap the “Format” icon at the top.
  5. Hit “Style” and then select the Heading paragraph style you prefer.
Selected Heading 2

That’s it. Repeat the above steps (3-5) to all the text you want.

See: How to See Word Count in Google Docs

Add Table of Contents

PC

Steps

  1. Open the document and then place the cursor at where you want the table of contents.

  2. Click on “Insert” at the top. Hover your mouse over the “Table of contents” option.

  3. Now, you can see two types. The first one from the left contains page numbers, black text, and link to the headings and the second one contains underlined blue text, link to the headings and doesn’t include page numbers. Click on the one you prefer. In this instance, I’m choosing the latter.
    Table of contents types

That’s all. You can see the table of contents now.

To update the table of contents: Click on the table of contents, and you can see the “Refresh” icon on the left side of it. Click on the “Refresh” icon, and the TOC will get updated.

To delete the table of contents: Right-click on the one you want to remove and then click on “Delete table of contents” option.

Click on an entry in the TOC, and you can see the following:

Options of an entry

Heading – clicking it will take you to that heading.

Copy link – to copy the link.

Edit link – to edit the link and the entry text.

Remove link – to remove link. Note that it’ll delete the link only and not the entry.

To delete entries from the table of contents: Select them and then hit the “Delete” button on your keyboard.

Remember that if you update TOC, then the changes you’ve made to it will be gone.

See: How to Change Paper Size in Google Docs

iPhone

  1. Open the document, hit the “Pencil” icon at the bottom and then place the cursor on where you want the table of contents.
  2. Hit the “+” icon at the top and then hit “Table of contents.”
  3. Choose “With page numbers” or “With blue links.” I’m choosing the latter here.
Two types of Table of contents

That’s it. All done.

Here are some important things to note:

Hit an entry, and you can see the following options among other options – Open Link, Edit Link, Remove Link, and Update Table of Contents.

To remove an entry, delete the entry like you usually delete text. Keep in mind that updating the TOC will make the changes you’ve done to it gone.

Also, note that there is no option to remove TOC in Google Docs for iPhone.

Note: You can’t add TOC on Google Docs for Android.

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