How to create table of contents entries without a page number in Word

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Summary

This article describes how to create table of contents (TOC) entries that contain no page number so that the entries don’t affect the numbering of the rest of the entries.

This article assumes that you understand how to create a table of contents in Microsoft Word. For more information about how to create a table of contents, see the following articles:

The following example shows table of contents entries that contain no page numbers. You can use the following method to prevent table of contents entries from having the same page number.

Baseball............................................................1
   Origins and Early History
   Development of Baseball Leagues
   Professional Baseball Government
Current Major and Minor Leagues.....................................2
   American League..................................................2
   National League..................................................3

Note

In Word, hold down the CTRL key, and then select a table of contents entry to move to that page in the document. This works for both numbered and unnumbered TOC entries.

How to create a TOC entry without a page number

Word 2013 and later

  1. In your document, create a table of contents, or use an existing table.

  2. Position the cursor at the location within the document where you want to put the TOC.

  3. Select the References tab.

    In the Table of Contents group, select Table of Contents, and then select Custom Table of Contents from the list. Notice that the Print Preview display (Figure A) doesn't display Heading 4 (the style that we used for the annotations). This feature defaults to three levels, Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.

    Figure A

    The table of contents.

  4. To add the annotations to the TOC, select Options. In the dialog box that opens, enter 4 in the TOC level control to the right of Heading 4, and then select OK (see Figure B).

    Note

    Although you might consider removing levels 2 and 3 because Heading 2 and Heading 3 are in use, we recommend that you keep them because you might want to add them later, and not remember why the TOC doesn't update to show those levels.

    Figure B TOC options.

    Add a level for the annotations.

  5. Clear the Show page numbers check box (Figure C). Before you do this, notice that the preview now displays Heading 4.

    Figure C

    Show page numbers.

    Note

    Disabling page numbering disables it for the entire TOC.

  6. Select OK to return to the document.

    Note

    Figure D shows the resulting TOC. All page numbers are gone. However, we want to remove the page number for only the annotation level. The default TOC doesn't include the annotations (Heading 4 text).

    Figure D

    The resulting TOC.

How to change to a TOC entry that doesn't have a page number

Word 2013 and later

  1. Select File > Options.

    Select File and then Options.

  2. On the Display tab, select the Show all formatting marks check box, and then select OK.

    The display tab.

    Note

    Next to the text that appears in the table of contents, you now see a TC field without a page number. The TC field resembles the following example:

    Example of a TC field without a page number.

  3. Select the TC field. Make sure that you include the opening bracket and the closing bracket.

  4. On the Insert tab, select Quick Parts, and then select Field.

    Select Quick Parts and then Field.

    Note

    For information about how to use the Field dialog box for a table of contents entry that contains no page number, see steps 5 through 9 of the “How to create a TOC entry without a page number” section.

  5. Select File > Word Options.

  6. On the Display tab, clear the Show all formatting marks check box, and then select OK.

  7. Select the existing table of contents.

  8. Press F9 to update the table of contents.

  9. If you receive the following message, select Update entire table, and then select OK.

    Word is updating the table of contents. Select one of the following options:

References

For more information about how to use the Lead-in Emphasis feature to create a table of contents, see How to use style separators with heading style to generate a TOC in Word.

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