Google Docs is one of the best online tools for word processing, thanks to it we can create text documents at no cost and everything This just by having a Gmail account, which is also free. Perhaps when preparing a document you wonder how to make an index to be able to classify all the content, because we will tell you how to do it .
Making an index in Word is not easy, because you must have the text with a specific format and also well ordered, but don't worry because we will tell you everything you need to be able to create an index correctly in Google Docs.
Before creating the index in the document we will have to place the correct format for each of the points that we want to appear in it, so we will have to select them individually to apply a format to them .
Apply styles to headings in Google Docs
A format is the complete set of styles that we can give to a paragraph or to a word or phrase, in the case of Google Docs we can see up to 6 predesigned styles to apply:
- Normal text: is the style that we apply to any paragraph of our document, that is, the generic text that we write .
- Title: This style is the style that we apply or should apply to the main title of our document .
- Subheading: We could apply this style as many parts as we like, but normally it is applied to a short paragraph that is below the main title of the document .
- Heading 1, 2 and 3: These styles are smaller headings than the main one, with them we could apply it to the chapters of the document to the most important parts that are repeated several times. These will be the styles that appear in our index .
Create an index in Google Docs
Once we have applied all the styles to each of the parts that we want to highlight in our document, we can now continue with the next step, which will be to create the index for our document.
To create an index in Google Docs you will have to follow these steps:
- The first will be to click on " Insert", located on the taskbar .
- Next at the bottom we will see " Index" and click on it .
- When we press or place ourselves on it we will see that two options of index appear, one of them will be an index with page numbers and another It will be with internal links to each section, we choose what we want .
- Automatically the elements to which we have applied the style "Heading 1", "Heading 2" or "will appear in the index Title 3 ".
Of course we can change the format and style of the index to make it more striking or creative, we can also update it automatically so that, when we add more items with "Heading 1" they are automatically placed in the index .
In our case we have another section at the end of the tips with a normal text style, and therefore does not appear in our index, but if we change the text to "Heading 1" as soon as we press the refresh index button we will see it in it .
In the index we can place up to 3 levels, that is, all the elements to which we apply the styles will appear, title 1, title 2 and title 3, so we can create a very complete index if our document has a large hierarchy, as is the case of some academic notes, for example, in our case a recipe .
So in this way we will have created an index in our Google Docs text document in a simple way, although we will only have to be very clear about the style that we want to apply to each text, which will appear in the index .