Microsoft Word: create an Index

Mark words or phrases
  1. To use existing text as an index entry, select the text. To enter your own text as an index entry, click where you want to insert the index entry.
  2. PressĀ ALT+SHIFT+X
  3. To create the main index entry, type or edit the text in the Main entry box. You can customize the entry by creating a subentry (subentry: An index entry that falls under a more general heading. For example, the index entry “planets” could have the subentries “Mars” and “Venus”) or by creating a cross-reference to another entry.
  • To include a third-level entry, type the subentry text followed by a colon (:) and then type the text of the third-level entry.
  • If you want to use a symbol, such as @, in the entry, type ;# (semicolon followed by the number sign) immediately following the symbol.
  1. To select a format for the page numbers that will appear in the index, click to select the Bold or Italic check box below Page number format. If you want to format the text for the index, right-click it in the Main entry or Subentry box, and click Font. Select the formatting options that you want to use.
  2. To mark the index entry, click Mark. To mark all occurrences of this text in the document, click Mark All.
  3. To mark additional index entries, select the text, click in the Mark Index Entry dialog box, and then repeat steps 3 through 5.