How to Create a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word (With Free Templates)

Making a table of contents isn't just for people who are writing novels, lengthy legal documents, or dissertations. They are a great way to keep your writing organized, regardless of the content.

Perhaps you keep adding recipes to a master list and want shortcuts for each item? Maybe you're creating a life-log or a journal? Or perhaps you just want to impress your boss with your Microsoft Word knowledge? Whatever your situation, a contents list can improve navigation and make your document shine.

Let's take a look at how to create your own table of contents in Word. Keep reading to the end for some cool free table of contents templates.

Before you can start customizing how your contents look and work, you'll first need to create a basic outline. Thankfully, this is a painless process.

Let's use the example of chapters in a book. In the image below, you can see how your outline might look in Word with some very basic formatting. This is your starting point.

Next, you need to apply heading styles to the text you want to eventually appear in your table of contents. Highlight the appropriate text, then navigate to Home > Styles and choose the heading format you want. In this example, we're using Heading 1.

Repeat the process for each line you want to include in the contents. In the next image, you can see we've added Heading 1 to the main chapters and Heading 2 to the sub-chapters.

Now we need to let Word automatically build the table of content for us.

Place your cursor wherever you want the contents to appear. For a list of recipes, you'd probably want it at the very start for easy navigation, but if you're writing a book you might want it a few pages in. We're going to put it after the title.

Next, head to the References tab and click on Table of Contents. If you're happy for Word to do the legwork, click on either Automatic Table 1 or Automatic Table 2.

The new table will now magically appear in the desired place. To use the contents, hold CTRL, and click on the entry you want to jump to.

Don't worry if you make changes to the document and move sections around. You can automatically update the contents by clicking Update Table at the top of the list.

There are lots of ways you can customize the way your contents look on the screen. To play with the various options, you need to head back to References > Table of Contents, but this time, click on Custom Table of Contents. A new window will open.

By default, your table will show three levels of headings. If you want to increase or decrease the number, change the settings in the Show levels box.

Make sure you also have a look at the different formats. Word gives you six alternative formats to choose from. Finally, choose whether you would like to include tab leaders (the dots or dashes between the text and the page numbers), how you would like the page numbers to be aligned, and if you even want to include page numbers at all.

If you've used one of Word's six templates, there is a good chance you want to further tweak the text. To get started, go back to the Custom Table of Contents options, click on Modify, choose the level you want to edit, and then click on Modify again.

It works just like the normal word processing features: you can set the font size, choose the color, add indents, and make a variety of other edits. Don't forget to use simple design rules for professional Word documents here too.

Are you feeling uninspired by Word's offerings and overwhelmed by the customization options? Don't worry---there are lots of free Microsoft Word table of content templates available online. Here are our three favorites.

Laid out like a research paper, this indented table from Tidyform is ideal for academic use.

The highlighted text in the list can be changed to match your own document.

Style is everything; if your contents don't look appealing, no one is going to hang around to read the rest of the document.

The Blue Background template on is an example of how Word tables of contents can look when heavily customized.

Contents need to be clear and highly readable. Their purpose is to get the reader to the information they want as quickly as possible. Check out this template for a fresh and clean design.

Free templates do not automatically include hyperlinks to your sections, you'll need to add them yourself. It's easy to do, but you'll first need to copy and paste the template into the desired position within your document and edit the text accordingly.

Before you start, make sure you have added headings to the correct parts of the text, as previously described. To add a hyperlink, highlight the necessary text in the contents, right-click, and click Link.

Click Place in This Document on the left-hand side of the window and choose the correct heading from the list. Work through each item on the contents list to update them all.

You can remove the underlining and the blue text using Word's usual word processing features.

Tables of contents are just one of the many little-used Word features that can help to take the professionalism of your documents to the next level.

If you'd like to learn more about using the app, check out our article on how to insert a PDF document into Word.


10 Jaw-Dropping Lego Mindstorms Projects Worth Building

We all love Lego. Whether you're a fan of the video games or building kits, the enduring brick building toy continues to thrill children of all ages.

The Mindstorms range feature an "intelligent" programmable Lego brick that can be used to extend the possibilities of the kit. Mindstorms kits are an enduringly popular tool for makers of all skill levels and interests.

Looking for some Lego Mindstorms project ideas? Check these astonishing builds to find out just what you can do with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and EV2 kits.

The Lego projects featured here rely on the Mindstorms kits. First launched in 1998 as the Robotics Invention System, there are three generations of Mindstorms still in regular use: NXT, NXT 2.0, and EV3. All systems have one thing in common: a programmable "brick", a small computer with a display.

But what is the difference between Mindstorms kits?

  • Released in 2006, Lego Mindstorms NXT included the NXT Intelligent Brick, with three servos, four sensors, and 577 bricks.
  • The 2009 update added touch sensors, ultrasonic sensor, and a color sensor, with 619 bricks. Meanwhile the NXT 2.0 brick used floating point operations, an update of the earlier use of integer operations.
  • In 2013 the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit was introduced, with 550 Technic pieces, and a new EV3 programmable brick. The brick features a microSD slot for booting alternative operating systems, and can be controlled by smart devices.

Now you know the difference, let's look at some of the best Lego NXT 2.0 and Lego Mindstorms EV3 projects.

You're feeling slightly envious of Lego all of a sudden, aren't you? After all, years of practice has resulted in a vague approximation of a Nirvana riff that you play at parties. Meanwhile, some wizkid knocked up a guitar playing Lego robot with his Mindstorms kit. Sickening, isn't it?

The tune you can gasp at above is "Little Talks" by English-language Icelandic five piece Of Monsters and Men. If you're unfamiliar with the original, compare it on YouTube.

Most people can't manage the Rubik's Cube without taking it apart or peeling off and moving the labels. If this sounds like you, don't feel bad. While it's quite possible to learn the method of solving the Rubik's Cube, a robot can also do the job.

While it might be quicker to cheat than it is to build a robot to do it for you, this is an amazing project. This Lego Mindstorms robot features facial detection, row turning, and a pulling mechanism that tumbles the cube over.

Brilliant. But if you want inspiration for a quicker Rubik's Cube solving robot, this beauty should suit your needs.

Here's a great Lego Mindstorms project using an older NXT kit. It not only dispenses money, but also accepts it as a deposit!

Featuring a HiTechnic IRLink and a Codatex RFID Sensor, this build can be calibrated to accept a specified banknote. There's a functional numeric keypad, while RFID-capable cards are used to withdraw money.

It can even retain a card if the wrong PIN is entered, with flash memory to save the customer database. In short, this is a complete, working ATM, albeit one constructed from easily opened Lego. Useless in a banking scenario, it is nevertheless a great way to learn how ATMs work.

If you own a later Mindstorms kit, check this ATM project instead.

Struggling to fold your own t-shirts? Rather than rely on your mom, using a t-shirt folding device can help to save space in your wardrobe. These are inexpensive and can be fashioned from cardboard…

Or you could go all-out and build a t-shirt folding machine using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit.

It's an OTT solution to a relatively trivial task but that's the beauty of it. Technic Lego combined with a programmable brick and some imagination and you get something like this.

Struggle with t-shirt folding no longer and maximize clothes storage!

This is poetry in motion. Well, in Lego. Actually, no, it's Lego in motion.

So, in short, a vehicle dispenses its own bridge, and then crosses it.

It might seem slow, but this is a truly glorious Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 build, which according to the description:

...utilizes four servo motors, two linear actuators, two ultrasonic sensors, two touch sensors and two color sensors to accomplish its task. The robot was programmed in Robot C.

Make sure you watch this right to the end, to see the robot tidy up after itself. Who wouldn't be proud of building that?

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." That's how Henry Ford explained the speed of his Model T assembly line when a new quick drying paint, available only in black, was introduced.

It's also the only color available in this Lego car production line, fully automated thanks to Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. What's great about this setup is that it could be reprogrammed to mass-produce a variety of simple of Lego builds, from cars and bikes to minifigs... and beyond.

Or even actual robots. Still: Lego building Lego. It's like the world of Terminator, only plastic and Danish.

Ever wondered how a loom works? You're not alone. But were you expecting the question to be solved by watching some Lego bricks?

In a superb Lego loom that could have considerable repercussions for your future sartorial purchases, this Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 build automates the creation of a scarf. Presumably with a bit of sewing and stitching, larger garments can also be created.

For a closer look and to get an idea of the full details of the build, take a look at the designer's gallery.

Bored? Want to engage in a complex strategy game based on ancient game design, but no one to play with? Sure, you could play a chess video game. However, if you're more of a "real world" gamer, this Lego Mindstorms robot could be the answer to your dreams.

Says the designer:

Three motors are used for the movement; the first one for the movement on the X axis, the second one for the movement on the Y axis and the third one for picking up and putting down pieces.

Sound complex? Time to decide: video game, or a DIY chess playing robot built with a Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit?

The other builds on this page use either Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 or the later EV3 kit. But this build uses both. While the NXT 2.0 module powers the remote control, the EV3 module receives data to drive the car.

In the words of the YouTube video:

This Lego Mindstorms RC car has a 5 speed gearbox and is controlled by the NXT 2.0. We used the EV3 to give commands to the NXT about transmission, gear, speed and steer angle. It's our first project that uses a connection between EV3 and NXT.

That pretty much tells you all you need to know, other than the inclusion of an Android app. The end result is complex, but impressive.

We finish much as we began, with music!

While the guitar playing Mindstorms robot at the top was amazing, the complexity of this build is also worth sharing. As per the YouTube video description, this Mindstorms EV3 build:

...uses one main driving motor, and 3 motors to control positioning of: the single finger of the left hand on the first note, the two fingers of the right hand on the third note, and the third finger of the right hand on the 4th note (sometimes).

Sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Notice how the Lego wheels act as counterweights---the arrangement is good too. There are simpler ways to get a piano accompaniment, of course, but the sheer art in this is considerable. Imagine teaming this project up with the guitar...!

We've looked at an incredible array of projects suitable for Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 and EV3 kits:

  1. Guitar playing robot
  2. Rubik's Cube solver
  3. ATM
  4. T-shirt folding machine
  5. Bridge-laying vehicle
  6. Lego car production line
  7. Robotic scarf-knitting loom
  8. Chess robot
  9. Five gear RC vehicle
  10. Piano playing robot

While pricy the Lego Mindstorms kits are one of the best Lego gifts you can buy.


How to Set Up Your Xbox One Controller With Windows 10

Some computer games are best played with a controller. One of the best controllers you can buy is the Xbox One controller from Microsoft, which you can use with ease on Windows 10.

Whether you want to use a cable or go wireless, it's incredibly simple to connect your controller and jump into a game. We'll walk you through all the different ways that you can connect your Xbox One controller to your computer and how to configure it to your liking.

There are three different ways to connect your Xbox One controller to your PC. The method you choose will depend on whether you want to go wired or wireless.

You can use the micro-USB cable that came with your controller to create a wired connection. You'll have to do this whenever you need to charge your controller. Simply plug the USB cable into your computer and then plug the other end into the front of your controller. A connection will be established and charging will instantly begin.

To connect wirelessly, you'll need an Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. This may have come with your controller, but you can also buy it separately. Bear in mind that this is different to the adapter for the Xbox 360 controller, which won't work for the Xbox One controller.

Take the Wireless Adapter and plug it into a USB port on your computer. You may need to use the included USB extender if the port is at the back of your computer or it doesn't have a good line of sight to the controller.

Hold the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on. Now press the button on the adapter. Then press the bind button on your controller, located near the top. The LED on the controller will blink while it searches for a connection and will go solid once it's established.

You can also use Bluetooth to connect your controller. Of course, your Windows 10 computer needs to support Bluetooth.

However, not every Xbox One controller supports Bluetooth. If you bought it new in the last couple of years, it surely will, but if you bought it used or a long time ago then it might not.

The best way to tell is to look at the surrounding of the Xbox logo on the controller. If it's the same plastic as the controller without seams, it supports Bluetooth. If there's a separation between the face of the controller and the logo, it doesn't.

Begin the pairing now.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and navigate to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Slide Bluetooth to On so that your system can discover devices.
  3. Next, click Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
  4. Press the Xbox logo on your controller to turn it on, then press the bind button on your controller (found at the top).
  5. The Xbox Wireless Controller will appear on your device listing. Click Pair.

To get the most from your Xbox One controller, you need to download the Xbox Accessories app, which you can get for free from the Microsoft Store.

Here's what that app can do for you.

Windows 10 comes with the relevant drivers for the Xbox One controller by default. However, it's good to periodically update your controller to benefit from the latest firmware. If you're having any difficulties with your controller, this should be the first thing you do.

With the Xbox Accessories app open and your controller connected, click the three horizontal dots icon > Firmware version > Update now.

If you think some buttons on your Xbox One controller aren't being registered, you can test it with the Xbox Accessories app.

Click the beaker icon to begin. Now you can press buttons, pull the triggers, and move the sticks. The corresponding icon should appear next to Button Pressed. If it doesn't, then your controller might be faulty.

You can remap your Xbox One controller using the Xbox Accessories app. To do this, click Configure > New Profile. Input a name, then click Save.

Use the top dropdown to select a button, then the dropdown beneath to remap it. For example, you could remap the A button to the B button.

You can also use the boxes below to enable settings such as Swap sticks, Swap triggers, and Turn on vibration.

If you have an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller or Xbox Adaptive Controller, you will also see additional options like the ability to change the thumbstick sensitivity curves and the brightness of the Xbox logo.

Your controller will come calibrated out of the box, but you can use the Windows calibration tool to adjust it or to just check how responsive your controller is being. Note that this is a legacy tool, which hasn't changed in Windows 10 or been specifically designed for the Xbox One controller.

Open the Start menu, search for for joy.cpl, and select the Control panel item result. The Game Controllers window will open. Select your controller from the list and click Properties.

The Test tab will be open by default. Here you can determine where on the axis your thumbstick is resting, the pressure response of the triggers, plus whether the button presses are being registered. If you're not satisfied, switch to the Settings tab and click Calibrate. Follow the wizard through to calibrate your controller.

You can always set these back to how the controller was originally by clicking Reset to default on the Settings tab.

Microsoft designed specific gaming features for Windows 10 with the aim to better tie the operating system into the Xbox platform. That's why your controller should just work out of the box without any messing around.

However, you might still encounter issues with your Xbox One controller. If that's the case, learn how to fix a broken Xbox One controller.