MAKE an Index in Microsoft Word 2013  ▷ 2020 Guide

If you are a student or a professional, you will know that work or research that has an adequate index in it is always requested, and this work even though it doesn’t make the person think, if it takes a lot of time, only in the order, that if the titles, the subtitles, their order, the number of pages etc.

Many of the people continue to make a somewhat archaic index in Word, as if they were doing it with pencil and paper. Of course, all this is due to not knowing the steps and how it is done in the modern era. That is why today we are going to explain to you how to make an index, without having to wrap yourself up so much, and the best thing you can do half the time, than doing it as you have been doing.

We will explain how to do it, automatically or manually, so that you can choose the method that you like the most. And the best thing is that none of them are difficult to learn, just follow each step of each of them very well, and you can do it in all your documents from now on.

Steps to make an index in Microsoft Word 2013

Make an index in addition to giving a professional appearance to your documents, it also provides you with good management when searching and organizing it.

Generate index automatically

We begin by explaining everything to you in the simplest way that it is generating them automatically. The steps you must follow are the following:

  • Before starting define titles, subtitles and any other division that is in the text.

Before starting define the titles

  • Now select all titles in order of importance in the program. This is achieved shading the text and then click on Title 1, Title 2, Title 3. You can get all of this in the start menu located at the top of the Word taskbar.

Now select all titles

  • For the first-order titles in each section, select Title 1 (Heading 1). And for second order titles or subtitles, select Heading 2 (Heading 2).
  • If for some reason or circumstance, you want to change the font of the titles you used, you can change them by shading the text again and you click with the right mouse button, and in the list that appears you select “Modify”.

Select Modify to change the titles if you want

  • Now you must add numbering to all pages of the document.
  • In the Insert menu, look for the option to “Pages”, and click on “Cover page” or “Blank page”.

In the Insert menu

  • Once the entire order of the document is defined, touch “Generate the index”, in which you are going to place the cursor on a sheet before all development or at the beginning of the document (Up to the top of the second sheet). And with the same procedure that was used to add the cover, you do it to insert another blank sheet, since this will be for your index.
  • When the other sheet is added, you go to the menu “Start” and in the group of “Styles”, Choose “Normal”. And then you go to “References” and you select “Table of Contents” and choose the one that suits you best.

Select Table of contents and choose the one you want

  • Ready you have your index without many complications.

*Note: If you want to modify it for any reason, only the new titles should be very well identified, and you go to the index sheet and double-click on the top of the Index, there you select “Update Table” and this will do it automatically.

Create table of contents manually

This is a very simple method, although more tedious than the previous one:

  • To start first verify that the horizontal ruler is on screen, if not, go to the menu “View”, and you select “Rule”.
  • Once the rule is horizontal, it is necessary to create a tabulation point by clicking on the position occupied by the page numbers of the sections that will be in the table of contents. Then double click on that tab stop to bring up the dialog box “Tabs”.
  • I do this, verify that the alignment is adjusted to its right, and then you choose the characters that will be padding, Word will show between each entry and also the number of pages. To complete this step, click on “To accept” to be able to return to the document.
  • Now you write the name of your first entry and press on the keyboard “TAB”. Then you write all the page numbers in the document and press “Enter”. And you repeat this step for each entry.

Thus you can make an index in Microsoft Word as many times as you wantAlthough it is more advisable that you use the automatic method and when there is any modification, it will be noticed immediately and just by updating, you have your index correctly.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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