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tab leader in TOC is missing. The heading in the TOC is based on a user specified style

The tab leader in my TOC is missing for headings that use a user defined style, not the built-in styles. Those all look fine. The user defined style is based simply on Times New Roman, 14pt font, centered text. I do not see any additional tab stops. They all appear to be cleared, and I do not see the left tab stop being placed off of the page so the previous solutions do not seem to apply. Perhaps the simplest thing to ask is: can you tell me how to create a user defined style that is guaranteed to show up correctly in the TOC?
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1.  Apply the style - for example TOC1.  Click in that paragraph.
2.  Go to Format, Styles and Formatting.  In the box at the top marked TOC1, click the dropdown arrow.
3.  Modify, Format, Tabs.
4.  I usually press clear all, but type in the box 6.5, click RIGHT, click dot leader #2.
5.  Click OK.  Click "Add to template".

Now test it and it should be all set.  

Let me know if you have further questions.  I work intensively with styles.

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Hi JOrzech,
I still must be doing something wrong. The solution did not work. Can I ask: did the solution work on the two attached files? I tried the solution in both the file titles table_of_figure.....doc and Table_of_contents.doc. Changing the tab setting did not affect the TOC even after updating the TOC field.
Well no it didn't work because there are no styles used in the document and there are no figures for the Table of Figures.  You need to apply styles to the Headings you want included in the Table of Contents, and use the Caption style for figures.

I have attached a document showing how the Table of Contents and dot leader work.  Also, when you go to Insert, Index and Tables, Table of Contents, be sure that the dot leader option is checked.  I believe the TOC styles in Word are built-in and automatically will set the dot leader for you if you use Word styles to create your document.  

I hope this is more helpful

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