When you insert a Table of Contents (TOC) in Word, it becomes part of the contents of your document and forces the re-pagination of everything that follows thereafter.
If you want your TOC to occupy its own page, that page will be numbered page 1, and your first section of text on page 2. Most of us prefer our first page of content to be listed as page 1.
One solution is to adjust the page numbering system to begin with page zero. Because page zero is your TOC, your first content will begin on page 1. But if your TOC becomes longer than a page, this solution won’t work.
There is another way. Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Before generating your table of contents, insert a new-page section break at the start of your first content. This will give you two sections in your document: the first designated for your TOC and the second for your document content.
- Configure the second section so that it begins with page 1, thereby making sure that your content begins on page 1.
- Now move to the newly created first section and generate your table of contents. It will list all the headings in your second section with the appropriate page numbers without affecting your pagination.
This method will also allow you to create a separate introductory section in Roman numerals, which will show its own numbering system in the TOC.