This chapter describes how to create and maintain a table of contents (TOC), an index, and a
bibliography for a text document using LibreOffice Writer. To understand the instructions, you need
to have a basic familiarity with Writer and styles (see Chapters 6 and 7).
This chapter does not cover all the possible ways to use the features available through the
TOC/Index dialog in Writer. Some common usage examples are given.
Tables of contents
Writer’s table of contents feature lets you build an automated table of contents from the headings
in your document. These entries are automatically generated as hyperlinks in the table. Whenever
changes are made to the text of a heading in the body of the document or the page on which the
heading appears, those changes automatically appear in the table of contents when it is next
Before you start, make sure that the headings are styled consistently. For example, you can use
the Heading 1 style for chapter titles and the Heading 2 and Heading 3 styles for chapter
This section shows you how to:
Create a table of contents quickly, using the defaults.
Customize a table of contents.
You can use any style you want for the different levels to appear in the table of
contents; however, for simplicity, most of this chapter uses the default Heading [x]
Creating a table of contents quickly
Most of the time you will probably find the default table of contents (TOC) to be what you need.
Inserting a default TOC is simple:
1) When you create your document, use the following paragraph styles for different heading
levels (such as chapter and section headings): Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.
These are what will appear in your TOC. Writer can evaluate up to ten levels of headings.
2) Click in the document where you want the TOC to appear.
3) Choose Insert > Indexes and Tables > Indexes and Tables.
4) Click OK. The result will be a typical table of contents with the entries generated as
Some tips you may find useful:
If some of your headings do not show up in the table of contents, check that the headings
have been tagged with the correct paragraph style. If a whole level of headings does not
show up, check the settings in Tools > Outline Numbering. See “Defining a hierarchy of
headings” in Chapter 6, Introduction to Styles, for more information.
The TOC appears with a gray background. This background is there to remind you that the
text is generated automatically. It is not printed and does not appear if the document is
converted to a PDF. To turn off this gray background, go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice
> Appearance, then scroll down to the Text Document section and deselect the option for
Index and table shadings.
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