I created this video showing how to resolve the Microsoft Word Table of Contents Page Number Alignment in 2015, but though it was on YouTube (and had racked up 8,500 views as I write this in June 2016), I forgot to create a blog post about it.

What jogged my memory was a client asked how to change the font size and font type for a template that I’d created for them the previous week. This particular ToC, isn’t anything special – it uses the standard Table of Contents TOC1, TOC2, TOC3, etc., styles (click here for more on styles) – the main problem is that Microsoft Word hides these styles (and hundreds more).

You can change this, i.e. make them visible, but there’s little point to be honest.

Ideally, you will configure them at the document level (or in the template, if you plan on creating multiple documents of the same style and purpose – that’s what templates are for) and that’s it. It’s not something you go in and change all the time.

Microsoft Word Table of Contents Page Number Alignment - ToC

I’ll explain how to do it manually a different way below the video, but in the meantime, here’s how you do it…

Microsoft Word Table of Contents Page Number Alignment YouTube Video

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Here’s another way to do it…

Another method to sort out the Microsoft Word Table of Contents Page Number Alignment problem

Here’s another way to get to the styles list:

  1. First, you need to click on the Home tab and look at the styles part of the ribbon.
  2. In the bottom right-hand corner of the styles ribbon is a small down-arrow.Microsoft Word Table of Contents Page Number Alignment - show styles
  3. Click on it and the Styles dialog box will show. (You can also access this by pressing the shortcut key combination of Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S, but who can remember that?)
  4. Find the TOC1 style and click on the drop-down arrow. Select Modify.
  5. In the Modify Styles dialog, click on the Format button.
  6. Then click on Tabs
  7. Modify your right tab stop (or set it up if there isn’t one).
  8. Click Ok twice to come back to your document.
  9. Repeat for TOC2, TOC3, etc.

Note: while you’re in that Modify Styles dialog, you can also change any other style properties you want.

That’s how easy it is.

If this helped you, please leave a comment below. If it didn’t help you then let me know as well – I’ll try and help where I can.