Try the Word Course for Free!

Update an Index in Word – Tutorial

/ / Latest, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office 2013, Word 2010, Word 2013
Update an Index in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a user updating an index in a Word document in Word 2013.

Update an Index in Word: Overview

            You can update an index in Word after you alter the content in a document that contains an index to refresh its display, versus having to recreate the whole thing. Because an index in Microsoft Word is simply a field code, it can be updated in the same manner that a Word table formula can. Updating an index in Microsoft Word can save you a lot of work when making changes to your index, especially if working on documents that are often revised.

            To update an index in Word, place the cursor into the index that you want to update and then press the “F9” key on your keyboard. An alternative way to update an index in Word is to right-click the index and then choose the “Update Field” command from the pop-up menu. This will automatically update the contents and page numbering of the index.

Update an Index in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a user updating an index in a Word document in Word 2013.

Update an Index in Word – Tutorial: A picture of a user updating an index in a Word document in Word 2013.

Update an Index in Word: Instructions

  1. To update an index in Microsoft Word, place the cursor into the index that you want to update.
  2. Press the “F9” key on your keyboard to automatically update the contents and page numbering of your index.
  3. Alternatively, right-click the index and then choose the “Update Field” command from the pop-up menu that appears to automatically update the contents and page numbering of the index.

Update an Index in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Updating an Index,” shows you how to update an index in Microsoft Word. This video lesson on how to update an index in Microsoft Word is from our complete Word training, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2013-2007.”

TOP
Sale! $49 All-Access 0 Days 15 Hours 50 Minutes 20 Seconds      $199 $49 Entire Library!
See Deal