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## Foreword

The video shows how to create a ″Contents directory in Writer″ in LibreOffice and links to this page here, which provides further information and details.

This description refers to the version LibreOffice 7.1 under Windows 10.

and the English Documentation

Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

A table of contents should present the structure and content of the document in an abbreviated form.

To get a good overview of what is written in the document, it is of course necessary to structure the document accordingly.

A structure in the document is achieved by creating headings for individual chapters and subchapters.

Headings for chapters and sub-chapters should immediately convey to the reader what to expect in the text that follows.

However, headings should not be an abbreviated text or an excerpt of it.

Headings should, if possible, be single-spaced (short and concise), for a quick grasp of the content that follows.

Headings are not provided with an end punctuation mark (dot).

### Number of chapters and subchapters

The number of chapters is not limited.

However, try not to separate chapters artificially.

For the sub-chapters, you can start from a rule of thumb.

There should be no more than five sub-chapters per chapter.

This is because a person can keep track of five things reasonably continuously.

I wonder if it comes from the five fingers of one hand?

When dividing into subchapters, a list should not go beyond 1.1.1, otherwise it becomes very confusing.

The individual chapters and subchapters should be reasonably balanced in their text length.

The chapter numbering, if available and desired.

The page number corresponding to the beginning of the chapter.

For word processing programmes such as Writer, the creation can be automated to a large extent.

However, some preparation is necessary for this.

Sidebar - Paragraph Styles - Headers

Headings should always be formatted using styles.

The styles for headings and text are called paragraph styles.

Select all headings and double-click, for example, on the paragraph style "Heading 1".

All marked headings then take on the attributes for font, size, etc. stored in the paragraph style "Heading 1".

The paragraph styles "Heading 1" to "Heading x" are formatted according to the standard settings.

You can adapt the paragraph styles for your purposes by right-clicking the paragraph styles (F11) in the sidebar and selecting "Change".

For example, start at the top of the next page after the cover page (new page with a manual page break) by placing the cursor there.

Now click .

 Note
select the paragraph style(s) displayed in the sidebar under styles and see which formatting you would like to change.


Of course, some things will change in a document later on and chapters will be added.

 Note
The table of contents appears with a light grey background for active elements. However, when printing or exporting as PDF, the background is then white.


## Further Informations

### Work files

(in German [DE]):

### Documentation / Manuals

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