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Remove Heading 5 from TOC in Word 2003

thewayne73 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello experts,

How do I remove 'Heading 5' from showing in my TOC?  I tried changing the style from 'Heading 5' to 'Normal', but when I bold, underline, and font 12...word automatically changes it back.

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When you insert your TOC, in the Index and Tables dialog box, reduce the Show Levels setting down to 4. That only allow the first four heading levels to be shown in your TOC. I assume you've got it set to 5 (or higher).

If that's not the case, then the other cause could be that you have text assigned to the outline level 5. By default, Word constructs TOCs based on heading style and outline level (the third optional inclusion trigger is a Table Entry field). You can see this stuff by clicking the Options... button in the Index and Tables dialog, Table of Contents tab, and could likely resolve the problem by unchecking "Outline levels" in the Table of Contents Options dialog. If your headings are setup correctly, then these might be all that you need.

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