Inserting your table of contents
Once your document headers are formatted, click References, then the Table of Contents drop-down menu.
As with most of the other Word functions, the Table of Contents wizard gives you several options. Two automated formats update your table based on text formatted in Headers 1 through 3, and a manual version lets you do as you wish.
The two automatic options will automatically fill in any new headers and update the page numbers whenever you click Update Table.
If you’d rather update your table of contents manually, you can either insert the one manual template, or create one of your own. If you use the manual template, Word will give you a few placeholders to get you started.
You can delete or copy and paste the different levels to customize your table. Simply edit the text boxes for chapter title and page number to update the listing.
Title pages lend a finished look to reports, proposals, and other professional documents. They provide an opportunity to set the stage for the contents, as well as communicate basic information such as authorship. Some organizations require a specific format for the title page.
If you’re not constrained by a prescribed format, you can customize the title page to your heart’s content. The built-in wizard makes a cover page in a few easy clicks, or there's also a manual tool.
Using the wizard
To use the Wizard, click Insert > Cover Page. You can select one of the dozen or so templates built into Word itself, or search through Office.com for Microsoft and user-created templates.
The premade templates have text boxes you can click and customize. Some have images you can replace with your own. With the Wizard, creating a cover page takes less than a minute, and they look just as good (or even better) than what you could build on your own.
Change the font
Text styling options are found in the Home ribbon in Word. Under the Styles subsection, you can select from several text formats Microsoft has built into Word, or you can create a style unique to your paper.
Click the drop-down menu to select and apply a style, or launch the creation tool. Click on the selected style to apply it to your selected text.
Images add impact to title pages and contents alike. Click Insert > Pictures or select Online Pictures from the Illustrations submenu. Pictures pulls an image from your computer’s hard drive, while Online Pictures pulls images from Office clip art, Bing, OneDrive, Facebook, or Flickr.
When you insert an image, click and drag on any of the eight points surrounding your image to resize it. You can set text to wrap around your image. You can also add borders, artistic effects, and more from the Format menu that appears the image is selected.
Once you've mastered Word's formatting tools, you'll never be able to go back to the standard Blank document. It's amazing how even page numbers can make your work look more organized, and how well-placed images deepen the impact of your content. If you're a Word formatting geek, let us know your favorite tricks in the comments.