Creating a Table of Contents

The best way to generate a table of contents is to apply the predefined heading paragraph styles, such as "Heading 1", to the paragraphs that you want to include in your table of contents. After you apply these styles, you can then create a table of contents.

Updating a Table of Contents

  1. Click in your document where you want to create the table of contents.

  2. Choose Insert - Table of Contents and Index - Table of Contents, Index or Bibliography, and then click the Type tab.

  3. Select "Table of Contents" in the Type box.

  4. Set the options that you want.

  5. Click Options.

If you want to use a different paragraph style as a table of contents entry, select the Additional Styles check box in the Create from area, and then click the Assign styles button next to the check box. In the Assign Styles dialog, click the style in the list, and then click the >> or the << button to define the chapter level for the paragraph style.


LibreOffice creates the table of contents entries based on the chapter level of the paragraph style and the paragraph contents. If the paragraph is empty, it will not be included in the table of contents. To force the empty paragraph to be listed in the table of contents, manually add a space or a non breaking space to the paragraph. Spaces added in the After text box of the Numbering tab in the Chapter Numbering dialog will not work for this purpose, since they are part of the paragraph numbering, not the paragraph contents.

Updating a Table of Contents

Do one of the following:

Defining Index or Table of Contents Entries

Updating, Editing and Deleting Indexes and Tables of Contents

Formatting an Index or a Table of Contents

Editing or Deleting Index and Table Entries

Creating Alphabetical Indexes

User-Defined Indexes

Creating a Bibliography

Indexes Covering Several Documents

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