How to Add a Table of Contents in Google Docs

In this post you will see:

  • How to add a table of contents to Google Docs
  • How to add a link to Google Docs

Let’s start.

How to add a table of contents to Google Docs

Adding the table of contents (TOC) to a Google Docs document is a simple task.

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

You need to apply a heading paragraph style to the text you want in the table of contents. Let’s find how to do this on PC and iPhone:

Apply heading paragraph style

PC

Open the Google Docs document.

Select the text for which you want to apply the heading paragraph style.

Note that in Google Docs there are 6 heading paragraph styles (H, H, H, H, H and H).

You can use the keyboard shortcut below 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

You will see that the one you’ve chosen applies to the selected text. Repeat the above steps for all the text you want.

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iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Open the document and then click on the “pencil” icon at the bottom.

Select the text.

Tap the “Format” icon at the top.

Click “Style” and then select the “Heading” paragraph style you prefer.

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

Read: How to Add Columns to Google Docs

Add table of contents

PC

Open the document.

Place the cursor where you want the table of contents.

Click on the Insert menu at the top and move the mouse over the Table of contents option.

There are two types: the first from the left contains page numbers, black text and links to the headings. The second contains underlined blue text, links to the headings, and contains no page numbers.

Click on the one you prefer. I’m choosing the latter.

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

To update the table of contents: Click on the table of contents. On the left you will see a refresh icon. Click on the “refresh” icon and the TOC will be updated.

Delete Table of Contents: Right-click on the table of contents you want to remove and click on the “Delete table of contents” option.

Click on the entry in the TOC and you will find:

Heading – Clicking on it leads to this heading.

Copy link – copy the link.

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

Remove link – to remove the link. Note: It only deletes the link and not the entry.

Delete entries from the table of contents: Select the entries and press the “Delete” button on your keyboard.

Remember that when you update the TOC, the changes you made to it will be gone.

Read: How to Add Header in Google Docs

iPhone

Open the document and click on the “pencil” icon at the bottom.

Place the cursor where you want the table of contents.

Click on the “+” icon at the top and then click on “Table of contents.”

Select “With page numbers” or “With blue links.” I select the latter here.

That’s it.

Let us note some important things:

Click on an entry. Among other options, you will find the following options – Open Link, Edit Link, Remove Link and Update Table of Contents.

To remove an entry, delete the entry as you normally delete text. Note that by updating the TOC, the changes you made to it will disappear.

Note also that there is no option to remove TOC in Google Docs for iPhone.

Note: You cannot add TOC to Google Docs for Android.

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How to add a link to Google Docs

Adding a hyperlink, also referred to as a “link” in a Google Docs document is a simple task. Let’s see how to do that on PC, Android and iPhone.

PC

Go to Google Docs. Sign in, if not already.

Open the document and then select the text. Remember that the text you select is the anchor text.

Click on the “Insert link” icon at the top, located between “Highlight color” and “Add comment.”

Enter the URL in the “Link” field.

Click the “Apply” button.

That’s it. The link was successfully added.

If you want to copy, edit, or delete a link, click on it. You will see three icons.

The first is to copy the link; the second is to change the anchor text and URL of the link; the last is to remove the hyperlink.

Pick the one you want.

Read: How to See Version History in Google Docs

Android

Open the Google Docs app.

Open the document and then click on the “pencil” icon at the bottom.

Select the text. Remember that the text you have selected is the anchor text.

Click on the “+” icon at the top. In the “Insert” section, you will find the “Link” option. Tap it.

On the Insert link screen, change the text if you want to. Enter the URL in the Link field.

Click on the “Tick” icon at the top.

That’s it. The link was successfully added.

If you want to edit or remove the link, tap it twice.

Click “Edit link” option to change the text and URL of the link. To remove the link, tap “Remove link.”

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iPhone

Open the Google Docs app.

Open the document you want and then tap the “Pencil” icon.

Select the text and remember that the text you select is the anchor text.

Tap “Insert Link.”

On the Insert link screen, you can change the text if you want to. Enter the URL in the Link field.

Tap the “Tick” icon at the top.

That’s it. The link was successfully added.

If you want to edit or remove a link, press it long.

Click “Edit Link” to edit the link. Tap “Remove Link” to remove the link.

Note: If you want to link to another Google Docs document, enter the document name in the “Link” field. You will be shown this document. Click or tap on it to add it to the “Link” field. This one applies to the Google Docs desktop version and app (Android and iPhone).

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