Table of Contents in Word for Accessibility – Create in 4 Easy Steps

In today’s blog post, we’ll dive into the essential skill of creating a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word. This simple yet powerful feature not only organizes your documents but also enhances accessibility.

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Steps to Generate a Table of Contents in Word

Before we jump into the how-to, make sure your document contains heading styles. These styles are the foundation for generating an accessible Table of Contents.

Now, let’s walk through the process step by step.

1. Open Your Microsoft Word Document

Begin by opening your document. It should already have headings applied throughout its content.

Microsoft Word document with headings applied

2. Insert a Blank Page

To create a dedicated page for your Table of Contents, place your cursor at the very beginning of your document’s text. Press “Ctrl + Enter” to insert a page break. This separation ensures that your Table starts on a fresh page.

3. Access the Table of Contents Tool

Navigate to the “References” tab at the top of the Microsoft Word interface. Under this tab, you will find the “Table of Contents” dropdown menu.

Reference Tab on Microsoft Word showing Table of Contents dropdown menu

4. Choose a Table Style

In the dropdown, you’ll see a variety of automatic tables to choose from. For our purpose, select the first option, “Automatic Table 1.” This selection will insert a “Contents” heading followed by your Table of Contents.

5. That’s it – Your Table is complete!

It’s really that simple. The Table will include the “Heading Level 1” and “Heading Level 2” sections from your document. This makes it easy for readers to navigate your content, whether they’re using a screen reader or not.

Completed Table of Contents in Microsoft Word

For added accessibility, holding down the “Ctrl” key while clicking on one of the elements will take you to the desired location.


Thank you for joining us today to learn how to make your documents more accessible and user-friendly by creating a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word. With this simple addition, you can greatly improve the experience of your readers, including those who rely on assistive technology.

As always, I’m here to be your personal accessibility expert. For more detailed insights, tutorials, and in-depth discussions on accessibility and related topics, don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel: The Accessibility Guy on YouTube. Subscribe for regular updates!

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