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Create a table of contents to help your readers navigate through your work

A Table of Contents section is even more relevant in the age of digital documents(opens in a new tab or window) and electronic books. It gives your readers an at-a-glance snapshot of what they’re about to read, a guide to the chapters that interest them most, and ease of navigation.

If you’re worried about the time and effort it would take to create one, fear no more because Canva was made for busy writers like you. It’s a simple matter of browsing Canva’s collection of professionally-designed, pre-made templates then editing them as much or as little as needed. You have full control over fonts, colors and other design elements.

How to make a table of content

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Open up Canva and search for the “Table of Contents” design type. Start from scratch or choose a template.

Need some inspiration? Browse ready-made, professionally designed templates for your table of contents. Just click on your favorite to add it to your page and fill in your own details.

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Upload your own photos, images and illustrations to make your design more personal. Mix and match elements from different templates. Choose your own background and font style.

When you’re happy with the result, download and save your table of contents as a PDF, JPG or PNG. Use it for your e-book or print it at home.

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Give your readers a way to navigate through your book or report

The Table of Contents is not only important, it’s even a way to hook half-interested readers, especially if you’re an author marketing themselves on online self-publishing sites. Most fiction novels need one, non-fiction novels like how-to’s, cooking books and compilations definitely need one, theses and reports are much more professional and put-together with one.

Design your Table of Contents in Canva and you can easily go back to edit your file for changes or additions to your chapters. Canva even lets you design on the go, just download our free apps for iOS and Android from the App Store or Google Play.

Customize your design with fonts, colors, images or illustrations

Your Table of Contents page doesn’t have to be boring. With Canva’s easy to use but comprehensive editing tools, you have full control over design elements like font, placement and color. You can even add images or illustrations to complement certain chapters. Canva hosts an amazing media library brimming with high-quality stock photos, illustrations and icons you can drag and drop into your design.

Use your table of contents as a marketing tool

Since it gives a preview of your work, why not use it to pique your potential readers’ curiosity by sharing it online? Just go on over to the Download button and save your design as an image file or high-quality PDF for any print or digital use you may have in mind!


A table of contents is a list showing readers what they can expect from the body of the paper. Usually there are titles or section names corresponding to the page numbers where they begin. It is found at the start of the document, before the summary and introduction.

A table of contents is a page with a list of titles on the left-hand side, followed by ellipses leading to corresponding page numbers on the righthand side of the page. You might include bullet points under the titles with sub-chapter or subsection headings.

The table of contents itself is often labeled with a lowercase Roman numeral rather than a standard page number, since it comes before the rest of the document. It’s up to you to decide how you’d like to format your page numbers, but it’s common to use “i” or similar.

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