Table of contents

Camille Ricketts
Apr 24 '19 · 3 min read · 1660 views
If you're writing a long document with multiple headings and sub-headings, you may want to give your readers a heads up of what it contains — and an easy way to jump to whatever section they want. Add a table of contents to accomplish both! 🙌
Here's one for this page:

How it works

Table of contents is its own type of content block in Notion. Adding it to a page automatically generates a list of anchor links to the headings in your document:
  • H1 headings appear as top-level links, indicating major page sections.
  • H2 headings are indented once, and H3 headings are indented twice to show hierarchy of information.
  • Clicking on any link in a table of contents will take you directly to that heading, which will highlight blue.
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Note: Your table of contents is a single unit that must be moved, deleted, duplicated, and styled as a unit. To edit the text it contains, edit the actual headings on your page.

Add a table of contents

You can add a table of contents like any other content block in Notion:
  • Click the + that appears in your left margin when you hover over a new line. In the menu that pops up, scroll to Table of Contents under Advanced Blocks and press enter.
  • Type /table of and you'll see the Table of Contents option pop up. Press enter.
  • This automatically generates your table of contents showing headings on your page.
  • You can also add a table of contents before you write the rest of your page. It will appear as an empty block that will build itself as you add other headings.

Give it color

You can change the color of the text or highlight for your table of contents. Whatever you choose will apply to the whole thing. To do this:
  • Click the ⋮⋮ icon that appears when you hover over your table of contents. Or select it and hit cmd/ctrl + /. Or right click.
  • Choose Color from the menu that pops up and select which color or highlight you want.

Move, duplicate or delete

Your Table of Contents is a content block that behaves as a unit. It's added as one, moves as one, and can be styled or deleted as one. Here's how to work with it:
  • Move with drag and drop. Hover over your table of contents and use the ⋮⋮ icon that appears as a handle to drag and drop it wherever you want, including into columns.
  • Duplicate as many times as you need. Maybe you want your table of contents at the top and bottom of your page. Or in the middle. You can make as many copies as you want and move them around. They'll display the same info, but can be given different colors. Here are all the ways to duplicate:
    • Hover and click the ⋮⋮ icon (or right click). Choose Duplicate.
    • Drag to select your table of contents and hit cmd/ctrl + d.
    • Select your table of contents, hold down option/alt and drag it.
    • Select and press cmd/ctrl + c to copy and then cmd/ctrl + v to paste.
  • Delete with one click.
    • Hover and click the ⋮⋮ icon (or right click). Choose Delete.
    • Drag to select your table of contents and hit the delete key.

FAQs

  • Will my table of contents show titles of in-line tables on my page?
    No. Even if you give your table a name in your document, this won't be reflected in the table of contents. You can, however, add a heading above the database that will appear.
  • If I turn individual headings a color, will that show in my table of contents?
    No, your table of contents will always be all one color 🖌
  • Can I edit the text inside my table of contents?
    No. In order to change the text it displays, edit the individual headlines on your page.

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