You can also make changes directly to an index or table of contents.
Right-click in the index or table of contents, choose Edit Index or Table of Contents, click Type tab, and then clear the Protected against manual changes check box.
It's because the elements of the Table of Contents are fields, so as such are not 'live' objects, but are populated via some process - in this case updating the table.
It's possible in 2003 to get the table to automatically update before printing - go to Tools | Options | Print and click Update Fields.
If you create a Table of Contents for a document but then change the actual document, it’s likely that you will also change …
Although a Table of Contents will update to match the actual contents “automatically”, you have to tell it to do so.
For some reason, this feature seems to have vanished in 2010, but I have to admit I've never looked for it! EDIT// Subsequently found the solution: In 2007 etc.
it sits (slightly weirdly) under the Display option, if you click the File button.
The easiest way to create a table of contents is to use the built-in heading styles.
You can choose to Update page numbers only or Update entire table if you want to update the page numbers and the text.
To learn how to create a table of contents, see Create a table of contents.
It lists each section in the document and the page number where that section begins.
A really basic table of contents might look like this: You could create a table of contents manually—typing the section names and page numbers—but it would take a lot of work.