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Add a title, heading, or table of contents in a document

You can organize your document with text styles like titles, headings, and a table of contents. You can customize the font and size of the text styles and set your styles as defaults.

Add, change, or delete a table of contents

You can see your document structure with a table of contents. Each item in the table of contents links to your document headings or title.

Add or delete a table of contents
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click where you want the table of contents.
  3. Click Insert and then Table of contents. The table of contents will appear.

To delete it, right-click and click Delete table of contents.

Edit your table of contents

The table of contents reflects the titles and headings in your document.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Add a heading in your document.
  3. Click Refresh Refresh. The change will update in your table of contents.

Make a title or heading

Change the text style
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to change.
  3. Click Format and then Paragraph styles.
  4. Click a text style:
    • Normal text
    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • Heading 1-6
  5. Click Apply ‘text style.'
Use a custom text style
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select text with the style you want to use.
  3. Click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Normal text or Heading 1-6 and then Update ‘Heading' to match.
  4. All of the text in your document with the same text type, such as "Heading 4" or "Normal text," will be updated to match your initial selection.

Note: If you change the style of normal text, the heading fonts will also change to the new style.

Set and change a default style
  • Set a default style: Click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Options and then Save as my default styles.
  • Apply a default style: Click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Options and then Use my default styles.
  • Restore original to the Google style: Click Format and then Paragraph styles and then Options and then Reset styles.

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