The ease with which you'll create a table of contents will be directly related to how well you know the intricacies of your word processing program. Microsoft Word, Works, Word Perfect and Open Office all have the capacity to create tables of contents, but some writers still find it more expedient to create them manually. Two rules apply to tables of contents, regardless of which software you use. First, you should give its page the title "Contents." Second, your table of contents page should be located after the copyright page, dedication and preface.
Using Open Office
In Open Office, go to the Help section and read these topics: Creating a Table of Contents, Defining Index or Table of Contents Entries, and Formatting an Index or Table of Contents. You may also check out the great tutorial at http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org
Using WordPerfect To create a table of contents in WordPerfect, follow the instructions in your Help guide or at this website: http://aec.msu.edu/computer/wptableofcontents.htm
Using Microsoft Word MS Word offers nine different heading styles, apparently complicating our task, but a couple of tutorials can be found at http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-1052207.html and http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-1043709.htmlWord also allows you to create your table of contents manually, without using the more sophisticated styles settings. Use the Mark Table of Contents box to insert TOC fields into your document. Follow these steps.