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Table of Contents behaving odd in Word 2013

I have a document with a ToC included - I inserted it using the menu bar item in Word and it creates something like this:

Heading 1 ................ Page 1
Heading 2 ................ Page 2
Heading 3 Page 4
Heading 4 ................ Page 5
Heading 5 Page 6
Heading 6 ................ Page 8

No matter how many times I update the field it stays the same way - adding more text to the title might trigger the correct visual appearance of an entry but I cannot rename all sections to whatever mood Word is in - how can I make sure that it will show the ToC correctly for all entries?
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

8/22/2022 - Mon
GrahamSkan

If it's just the one document, it might be corrupt. Try saving it as an RTF file and opening that file
Paul Sauvé

It seems to me that the paragraph style "TOC 1" has been modified in this particular document!
GrahamSkan

I forgot to ask. Do the numbers represent different Heading levels, or are they all the same level and the numbering that you show is simply sequential?
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

same level headings show up either with or without the ".........." before page numbers
GrahamSkan

Is it only the one document?  If so can you post it, or a redacted version of it here?
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

it's just that one for now - but I'm not sure I can post it (topic/content)
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GrahamSkan

OK. Have you tried saving it in another format type, such as the .rtf that I suggested earlier?

I should have explained that when that is done,  Word rebuilds the document, so that, with luck, errors in the original build are lost. If it works you can save it again with the .docx format.

An alternative method is to copy all (Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C) the open document and to paste it to a newly-created blank document.
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

will try that when I get to the document again (tomorrow)
Paul Sauvé

Graham, saving as rtf removes ALL the paragraph styles from the original .docm/.docx document...

There may also be a problem with the TOC styles in the Normal.dotm/.dotx template.

This can be verified by copying the TOC paragraph styles FROM the Normal.dotm/.dotx template TO the problem document.

Other problems may arise if the TOC was created using other settings than the default parameters.
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

I have tried to save as other file types and updating the ToC in these and finally trying to update the original document - no luck
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

How do I copy the paragraph styles?

ToC was created by standard settings - similar documents are not showing this problem
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

Two entries ok and two showing up wrong
This is how it looks with tab markings shown...

Will try the new document tip a bit later
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Jane Noesgaard Larsen

It was a tab marker that was out of place - as soon as I placed it like the other entries in the ToC it showed up right (for both of the malfunctioning entries)