Learn it fast with expert-taught software and skills training at lynda.com. Start your free trial

By Gini Courter | Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wicked Easy Way to Create a Table of Contents in Word

create a table of contents in word

You already know that a table of contents makes it easier for your readers to work with long documents of 10 or more pages. They give printed documents a sophisticated look and feel, and add ebook-like navigation to onscreen documents.

But did you know that tables of contents are wicked easy to create and update in Microsoft Word? I created the following table of contents with just three clicks—and so can you. Here’s how!

By Gini Courter | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Share Your Brand in Word, Excel & PowerPoint — with Office Themes

Use Office themes to brand your documents

Here’s some great news for business users of Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013: You have all the tools you need to apply your company brand—its unique look and feel—to documents, presentations, even spreadsheets.

Office themes are designed to enforce your branding efforts whether you’re building robust templates that support your organization’s communications, launching a fresh identity for a departmental initiative, or creating an innovative personal brand.

Many of the Office branding features are global, so the branding work you do in one Office application (for example, Word) is automatically available for use in Excel and PowerPoint.

Here’s how you can use Office themes to communicate your organization’s identity:

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Friday, February 06, 2015

How to Automate Page Breaks in Word — with Heading Styles


When working on a complex document, it’s common to have each chapter or section start on a new page. Instead of manually inserting Page Breaks in Word, I prefer to create them automatically as soon as I assign a Style to my section title.

That way, there’s never any confusion as to where a page ends. The Page Breaks don’t move around on me. And my formatted text never loses its Style as I add and remove spacing around it.

To automate my Page Breaks, I like to add them right inside my Heading Style definition!

Here’s how:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 11, 2015

David Rivers Publishes His 100th lynda.com Course

David Rivers publishes 100th lynda.com course

There’s prolific and then there’s prolific. Beloved lynda.com author David Rivers just published his 100th course with us!

Beginning a dozen years ago with Word 2003 Essential Training, David has taught everything from Excel and PowerPoint to Captivate and Evernote.

Our new eight-minute video 100 Courses and Counting: David Rivers on Elearning gives you a glimpse into his recording process and reveals his passion both for teaching—and for the subjects he teaches. Plus you get to see him Rollerblading with his dog, and who’d want to miss that?

We know lynda.com fans have learned a lot from David. In the following Q&A, he tells us what he’s learned in his years of teaching.

By Curt Frye | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Use Document Inspector in Word — and Avoid Embarrassment

Using Document Inspector can save you embarrassment

Ever accidentally leave tracked changes in your Microsoft Word document for all the world to see?

I’m going to show you how visible changes in a Word document recently got a political leader in trouble—and how you can use Word’s Document Inspector to avoid making those same embarrassing mistakes in your own docs.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Extract Word Document Images from InDesign


InDesign automatically embeds any images in your Microsoft Word document inside your layout.

It’s a nice feature, but the problem is the embedded images don’t live anywhere on your computer. They aren’t editable and they also make your InDesign file much larger than necessary.

So in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, I offer a simple way to extract Word document images from InDesign and get them onto your hard drive where they belong.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 10, 2014

Write a letter of recommendation: Monday Productivity Pointers

Monday Productivity Pointers- Writing a letter of recommendation

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers we’ll be ditching technology and getting back to old school communication: writing letters. Specifically, writing letters of recommendation.

At any point in your life, you may be called on to write a letter of recommendation for someone you know well. It could be for a college application or a new job, but no matter the occasion, one fact remains the same: Someone else’s success is riding on the quality of your letter. In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to write a great letter.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 09, 2014

Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles: InDesign Secrets

Mapping Word styles to InDesign

Explore InDesign Secrets at lynda.com.

Get your Word styles into your InDesign layout with a minimum of fuss. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to place the contents of a Word file into InDesign without stripping out this useful bit of formatting. The secret is to map your styles. Learn how to customize your style import, map your styles, and even save the Word and InDesign style relationships as a preset. Watch the video below for a brand-new InDesign Secrets.

Get the latest news

  •   New course releases
  •   Pro tips and tricks
  •   News and updates
New releases submit clicked

You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info

Featured articles

A lynda.com membership includes:

Unlimited access to thousands of courses in our library
Certificates of completion
New courses added every week (almost every day!)
Course history to track your progress
Downloadable practice files
Playlists and bookmarks to organize your learning
Start your free trial

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.