Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Growing your Google Garden: Use Table of Contents for Page Navigation

The Table of Contents is a powerful feature that is often underused in Google Docs.  Why do I love Table of Contents?  I love table of contents because it provides users with a quick way to navigate a Google Doc. Google Docs automatically creates links to different sections in the document when the heading styles are used in conjunction with Table of Contents.   Just a click of the mouse and you zip down the page to the selected section.

Here is an example of the Table of Contents feature used on this Explain Everything handout I co-created with Spanish teacher, Angelica Musil.  Notice how easy it is to go to a specific sections just by clicking the link at the top of the page.  

Here is how to create a Table of Contents on your Google Docs in just four easy steps.

1.  Start a document.  Type in a section name, example Part 1.  
2.  Highlight the text.  Select Normal Text from the toolbar and choose from Heading 1, 2, or 3.

3.  Continue adding section names. Repeat step 2 for each section name.
4.  Go back to the top of the document and choose Insert→ Table of Contents

Enjoy using this feature to make your documents easy to navigate. Did you give it a try? Leave me a comment and share your documents.

Written by Ann Feldmann

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