How do I format a table of contents (TOC) in APA?


APA does not specifically state how to format your table of contents (TOC). 

But here are some general guidelines:

  • Use 1" margins on all sides
  • Retain the same font used throughout your paper
  • Add any special requirements your instructor requires 
  • Continue regular page numeration for TOC 
  • For each new "level" of heading, indent an additional (equal) indentation from where the last level was indented  

You can use Microsoft's Format or Customize a Table of Contents to learn how to set this up in Microsoft Word.


  • Last Updated Mar 02, 2023
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  • Answered By Cynthia Hunt

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