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Word 2007: Cannot get Table of Contents to work with an outlined document

I have a Word document in outline format. My paragraphs are numbered 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc. It appears that Word is supposed to be able to create a Table of Contents automatically from an outlined document like this. But when I try to create a Table of Contents from the outline levels, I get back "No table of contents entries found." I am not using styles.
In "Table of Contents">"Insert Table of Contents">"Options", there is a check box for "Build Table of Contents from: outline levels." Does this feature work in Word 2007? If it does, what am I doing wrong?
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DIIRECommented:
Are you highlighting the data you want in the table of contents by any chance.

The only way i can reproduce the error you're getting is by highlighting the text in the document.  If you just click on a blank line at the top of the document and click insert table of contents it should do it automatically.
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ComputerBeastCommented:
You are not doing wrong but the problem you have specified shows that the outline numbering was done manually that's why Word 2007 is not recognizing that.
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ebruskinAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your replies. Unfortunately, neither one works for me.

Diire: No, I'm not highlighting any data. I am clicking on a blank line at the top of the document before I insert the TOC (or try to insert it).

ComputerBeast: I didn't do the outline numbering manually. It's all automatic. Sorry I didn't make that clear.
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
Have you just tried:

Insert, Table of Contents, Built-In or Automatic - select the top or second option in the window?  Works for me.
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ebruskinAuthor Commented:
JOrzech - yes, I tried that. It gives me the header "Contents" but underneath it says "No table of contents entries found".
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services CenterCommented:
Can you upload your doc?
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ebruskinAuthor Commented:
I think I've figured it out - I was Googling and I found a MS Word tutorial online, and it said that "outline numbering" was not the same thing as having an outline. An official Word outline is something that's either created in Outline View or else built up out of outline numbers LINKED TO STYLES. In my original question, when I said I had a document in "outline format" I was referring to just having outline numbering. I did not use Outline View or linked styles.

I've since created a new template that has an official outline that Word recognizes for purposes of creating a Table of Contents. Apparently I can't simply use the numbering and promoting or demoting levels using Tab or Shift-Tab to structure my document; I have to explicitly click on the appropriate Style before typing each header. I'm still experimenting with it, but the Table of Contents works.

So, at this point, I think I've discovered my own answer. Thank you for your replies, however.
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ebruskinAuthor Commented:
PS - I should add that the reason I created a new template was that I don't like the visual appearance of Word-s built-in heading styles. So rather than risk messing up Normal.dotm, I created a new template with heading styles that I like. I also extended the List Continuation paragraphs down to level 9 and designated them to follow their respective headers, so I can maintain the indentation.

I hope this is clear. I want to inform anyone who might find this while searching.
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