How to Create Table of Figures in Word 2007/2010

If you have Figures, Graphics, Charts etc. and want to list them all in a table format then Microsoft Word can help you to do that easily, with an option to create auto table of figures. We wrote before the process to create table of contents in Word, and toady we are writing that how you can automatically create table of figures in Word 2007 / 2010.

See how to Create Table of Figures

Step 1

Simply open your Word document, scroll down to the figure and select figure’s caption. Now, click on the arrow besides Change Styles, and select Heading style from options available suppose I selected Heading 5, in the same manner apply Heading 5 to all figure’s captions of your document


Step 2

Click on References menu > Insert Table of Figures

Following window will open, make here changes according to your requirement and click Options button

In this window select Heading 5 as Style and click OK and also close the previous screen

See Table of Figures is inserted in document

Update Table of Figures

In case if you insert or delete and figure in document then you also have to update table of figures, to do that simply select the table of figures you created and navigate to References menu > Update Table and that’s all.

We hope now it will  be easy for you to create table of contents and table of figures automatically for your Word 2007 or 2010 documents, so if you have any further questions then just write us in comments by the end of this post.

37 comments… add one
word May 1, 2010, 3:22 am

I was confused how to create table of contents and table of figures in one word 2010 file you did great job and thanks for helping to complete my assignment.

Anjum May 2, 2010, 11:16 pm

Thanks for helping to create table of figures in word

Maw Maw December 21, 2010, 12:14 pm

Thanks for the excellent tip. It saves my time.

Question March 21, 2011, 9:19 pm

It seems that word includes all the whole caption for all the figures, is it possible to only include the first sentence, as the captions in scientific articles are usually quite thorough?

James August 8, 2011, 1:47 am

Special Thanks

Nick August 27, 2011, 3:25 am

I agree that it should be that easy. However in my options window I have a very limited subset of format styles that it will actually let me link to the table of figures.

I have tried modifying one of the available options and it declared every line of my document as a figure. How do I make it except other existing format styles as valid options. It wants me to select “balloon text” by default and I can’t even find that one.

bobo September 2, 2011, 5:39 pm

thanks alote it as very usfull
thanks again

crotte September 28, 2011, 1:07 am

Easy and good tutorial, thanks for the help that was pretty usefull.

MG October 28, 2011, 7:26 pm

I am updating an existing document but do not know how it was created. How do I determine what style is currently defined for other figures in a document so I can add a new figure reference?

kiru November 26, 2011, 2:32 am

Thank you, i solved the problem because of your help.

John Stewart February 16, 2012, 7:28 pm

This is a horrible work-around to get around a broken feature.

GreatOldiesDJ April 24, 2012, 11:05 pm

Thanks for the information.

Nick (Comment #6) I am having the exact problem that you described. Did you ever find a solution?

KARL May 28, 2012, 8:54 pm

Thanks man… You have done a great job. Microsoft should create time to be able to give out such lessons to here subscribers.

Mohamed Saleh May 27, 2012, 11:14 am

thank you, the tutorial was good. may you please tell me how to make the figure number restarts with each new chapter. thanks again.

Yoav June 5, 2012, 12:23 pm

Thanks – clear and concise explanation.

nzamu July 9, 2012, 4:38 pm

Thank you very much for your support about creating automatic Table of Figure.This is helpful

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anjum September 19, 2012, 2:20 am

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shakila October 29, 2012, 4:46 pm

Perfect answer……..! Got the solution within a minute

Joe December 31, 2012, 10:31 pm

Great tutorial, real it works.

Thanks a lot.

razique March 2, 2013, 9:29 am

I repeat the a question raised by the user “Question” Is it possible to creat an abbreviated table of Figures or Table of Tables by including just the 1st sectance, but not the entire thorough captions in the tables. Thanks for reply

David Latham April 4, 2013, 1:08 am

This is not working for me. I have followed the instructions explicitly and Word does not create the table.

Suel April 16, 2013, 9:15 am

Great instructions! Thank you

sumair June 15, 2013, 10:08 am

Thank you very much . it helps alot 🙂

Srinivasarao Bandaru August 22, 2013, 1:28 pm

Thank you very, its good information, it helped us a lot.


Marie December 28, 2013, 2:47 am

Hi, I’m looking to add a list for figures and a list for tables, so the two are separate.

How do I do this?


Leo January 21, 2014, 3:12 pm

Thanks a lot…

Sylvia October 29, 2014, 9:43 pm

I have a table of content and a “figures” list created. I’m trying to add and update the ‘figures’ list but this isn’t working…what am I doing wrong.?

Otu, Ghana June 28, 2015, 7:52 am

thanks guys. your article was of immense help. appreciate it.

comfort July 9, 2015, 10:40 pm

helpful, thanks a lot

Gelled January 27, 2017, 12:04 pm

thanks for saving my time,

TrickyWays January 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

You are welcome and hope you are creating an amazing table of figures in your documents.

Your feedback is really important for us and helps use to write more useful guides. If you want us to write any other guide or need a solution to the problem please leave a comment here, Thanks.

Zerihun March 25, 2017, 5:09 am

Dear sir/madam, thank u for your tutorial. my problem is when i update the chapters , the tables and figures are coming together in chapters (contents of main body). so kindly brief me how can i separately apply it.for your information to assist me , i do heading one to three for main body and heading five for tables , figures and plates.

Renatus April 26, 2018, 12:16 pm

Thanks the article helped me completing my assignment. I had problems in creating a table of figures

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