A table of figures is a list, sorted by page number, of the captions pulled from figures, images, or tables in your document. It’s like a table of contents, but it’s a table of anything to which you can add a caption.
Insert a Table of Figures
Adding a table of figures is a useful tool for allowing the reader to quickly navigate to specific parts of the document (or as a personal quick reference guide). This is especially true for longer documents with an excessive amount of media. It’s important to note, however, that adding a table of figures is only possible if you add captions (not to be confused with alternative text) to your figures, images, and tables. We’ll assume that you have already captioned the relevant material in your Word document in this example.
Once you’re ready to insert your table of figures, go ahead and click the location of the document in which you would like the table to be added. Next, head over to the “References” tab and select “Insert Table of Figures.”
Once selected, the “Table of Figures” window will appear, displaying the print and web preview of the table of figures. Here, you can also adjust several options and customize the format of the table.
Once you’ve tweaked your settings, click “OK.”
Your table of figures will now be inserted in your Word doc.
Update a Table of Figures
Understandably, your captioned objects may move around as you add, remove, and edit content in the document. As a result, Word also provides a straightforward way to update the table of figures to reflect any changes made.
To update your table of figures, you’ll first need to select it. If you don’t select the table, then the update option won’t be available. Once the table of figures is selected, head over to the “References” tab and click “Update Table.” Alternatively, you can press F9.
Now, the “Update Table of Figures” dialogue box will appear. Here, you’re able to update the entire table or only the page numbers. Select the option that works best for you and then click “OK.”
Your table of figures will now be updated to reflect the current version of the document.