Creating an Active Table of Contents for your E-Book

Creating an Active Table of Contents for novel, Becoming Lady Beth

This post will take you through the steps necessary to create a clickable table of contents in your word document, so that readers can navigate easily to the point in your e-book that they want to read.

Once you have laid out what the ‘front matter’ of your book will contain then you can create your Table of Contents. I chose to place mine after the copyright page. You then need to create a page with all of your chapter headings, whether they have names or whether they are simply numbered, like below:

TOC_Typed_out

 Next go through your document and beginning with the first heading/title highlight first…

Headings_TOC_1

 

…then select the chapter title and click ‘Heading 1’. Do this for all headings/chapter titles you want included in your table of contents.

 

TOC_!

 

Return to the Table of Contents page in your document and select the first title. Then click ‘Insert’ ➝ ‘Hyperlink’

 

 

Linking_Headings_with_TOC

 

Make sure that ‘Document’ is highlighted in the grey box that appears.

 

TOC_Create_1

 

Then click ‘Locate’.

 

 

TOC_Create_2

 

Select ‘Headings’

TOC_Create_3

 

Choose the corresponding heading from the list that appears.

 

 

TOC_Create_4

 

Do this for all of your headings and once finished you will find that your Table of Contents is now active and when you click on the heading you will be taken to that point in your document. The complete Table of Contents will look like this on Kindle Previewer:

Preview_Book_2

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Becoming Lady Beth will be published and available for purchase on Tuesday the 16th of December but is ready to pre-order now! Click here to be taken to it on Amazon.

 

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2 thoughts on “Creating an Active Table of Contents for your E-Book

  1. Publishing Insights says:

    Hey Olivia, thank you for bringing all these wonderful posts about ebook production, they look quite helpful!
    I look forward to introducing some of your tips to my readers some day.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org
    Sherry

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