Creating an Index in Word 2010 - Article 1596

Adding Index Entries
Please note:  You must add entries to your index before it can be created.

  1. Open the Microsoft Office Word document that you would like to create the index in 
  2. Select the word or phrase to which you want the index entry to refer
  3. Choose the References tab on the ribbon
  4. Click on the Mark Entry button under the Index section
  5. The Mark Index Entry dialog box will appear
  6. You may edit the text in the "Main entry" textbox or add a subentry if you need one
  7. Choose from the options of cross-reference, current page, page range or bookmark, and specify the page number format for your entry
  8. Click the Mark button to mark your index entry for your current selection only, or click the Mark All button to mark all instances of the same text (The Mark Index Entry dialog box will remain open to add more entries)
  9. Repeat steps 2-8 for each entry in your index

Creating the Index

  1. Click your mouse inside your document wherever you would like to insert your index
  2. Choose the References tab on the ribbon
  3. Select the Insert Index button under the Index section
  4. The Index dialog box will appear
  5. Choose how you would like your index formatted, as well as how many columns you would like to have, and what language you would like your index to appear in
  6. You can choose if you would like to right align your page numbers, and what kind of tab leader you would like to have
  7. When you make your selections you can see your index change in the Print Preview box
  8. Click the OK button when you are finished to insert the index into your document

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