How to Create List of Tables and Figures in Microsoft Word

When you add several tables and figures or any other objects in your report, it is a best practice to create list of tables and figures or lists of other objects in the preface of the report. In academic writing, this is a must-have section of your report. Like the table of contents, you can also generate the list of tables and figures or any other objects in Microsoft Word.

The lists of tables and figures or lists of any other objects are generated from the captions you added for those objects in your report. If you haven’t added captions yet, you can learn how to add captions in Microsoft Word fro the following post.

How to add Captions in Microsoft Word

After you add few captions to tables or figures in your document, you generate a list of those objects.

To generate a list of tables and figures or any other objects;

  1. Place the cursor where you want to add the list.
  2. Go to the References tab
  3. Click Insert Table of Figures in the Caption group
  4. In the Table of the Figures dialog box select the relevant Caption Label (Table, Figure, & Equation etc…)
  5. Do the necessary formating using the available options in the Table of Figures dialog box,
  6. Click OK.

The following animation demonstrates the above steps for creating a list of tables and figures.

Updating the lists

You need to update these lists in order to include the tables and figures or other objects you added later in the report. To update these lists,

  1. Click anywhere in the middle of the list to be updated
  2. Go to the References tab
  3. In the Caption group, click Update Table
  4. In the Update Table of Figures dialog box select the Update Entire Table option
  5. Click OK.

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