Add a Table of Contents block to your posts and pages. The TOC is a nested list of links to all heading found in the post or page. To use it, simply add a block and search for “SimpleTOC” or just “TOC”.
The maximum depth of the toc can be configured in in the blocks’ sidebar among many other options. There can hide the headline “Table of Contents” and add your own by using a normal heading block.
SimpleTOC is open-source and developed on GitHub Pages. If you find a bug or have an idea for a feature please feel free to contribute and create a pull request.
- Zero configuration: Add the SimpleTOC block to your post and that’s it.
- Minimal and valid HTML output.
- Designed for Gutenberg.
- Style SimpleTOC with Gutenberg’s native group styling options.
- Inherits the style of your theme.
- Comes with English, Chinese (Taiwan), French, Spanish, German, Latvia and Brazilian Portuguese translations.
- Add background and text color with Gutenberg groups.
- Native block support for wide and full width.
- Control the maximum depth of the headings.
- Choose between an ordered and unordered HTML list.
- Toggle list indent.
- Disable the h2 heading of the TOC block and add your own.
- GeneratePress and Rank Math support.
- Works with popular AMP plugins.
This plugin is forked from https://github.com/pdewouters/gutentoc by pdewouters and uses code from https://github.com/shazahm1/Easy-Table-of-Contents by shazahm1
Many thanks to Tom J Nowell https://tomjn.com and and Sally CJ who both helped me a lot with my questions over at wordpress.stackexchange.com
Thanks to Quintus Valerius Soranus for inventing the Table of Contents around 100 BC.
This plugin provides 1 block.
- SimpleTOC Adds a Table of Contents.
SimpleTOC can be found and installed via the Plugin menu within WordPress administration (Plugins -> Add New). Alternatively, it can be downloaded from WordPress.org and installed manually…
In Gutenberg, add a block and search for “SimpleTOC” or just “TOC”. Please save your content before you use the block.
Why did you do this?
How do I change the TOC heading ‘Table of contents’ to some other words?
Hide the headline in the sidebar options of SimpleTOC and add your own heading.
How do I add SimpleTOC to all articles automatically?
I don’t see an easy solution at the moment. SimpleTOC is only a block that can be placed in your post. If there would be a plugin that adds blocks to every post then this would be the solution. I think this should be another separate plug-in to keep the code of SimpleTOC clean and … well, simple. Maybe someone knows of a plug-in that adds blocks automatically to all posts with some parameters and settings? What about site editing in WordPress? I think the core team is working on something like that. I will keep this post open. If I have gained more knowledge how to solve this I will add this feature.
How do I add a background color to SimpleTOC using Gutenberg groups?
Select the block and select “group” in the context menu. Apply “background color”, “link color” and “text color” to this group. SimpleTOC will inherit these styles. You would like to use this styled SimpleTOC group next time you write a post? Convert it to a reusable block.
How do I add smooth scrolling?
You can optionally add the css class “smooth-scroll” to each link the TOC. Then you can install plugin that uses these classes.
How do I hide a single heading?
If you really want to hide a single heading from the table of contents then add the CSS class “simpletoc-hidden” to a heading block. But first of all, think about the reason you want to hide a specific heading. Maybe you want to remove all headins of a specific depth level. Then there is an option for that in the blocks options in Gutenberg. If you think this heading should not be part of the toc maybe it is not needed in the post itself?
Contributors & Developers
“SimpleTOC – Table of Contents Block” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
“SimpleTOC – Table of Contents Block” has been translated into 11 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.
Interested in development?
- Housekeeping: Updated documentation and dependencies.
- Feature: You can set the minium level of the TOC manually.
- Feature: Automatic WordPress repository deployment with GitHub actions.
- Feature: SimpleTOC updates itself after the post is saved.
- Feature: Support for custom Anchor IDs in headings. Thank you Matthias Altmann!
- Feature: Support for GeneratePress headings.
- Works with WordPress 6.0
- Support for paginated posts.
- Feature: Added “simpletoc-title” and “simpletoc-list” CSS classes. This might break existing custom CSS styles that have not been applied with Gutenberg.
- Feature: Toggle list indent.
- Feature: Better “group” support. Put SimpleTOC in a group and style it with Gutenberg. See FAQ for details.
- Feature: Native block support for wide and full width.
- Feature: Added block.json and refactoring with coding standards for Gutenberg blocks.
- Feature: Add the CSS class “smooth-scroll” to the links. This enables smooth scrolling in themes like GeneratePress.
- Feature: Support for headlines in reusable blocks.
- Feature: Added option to toggle absolute URLs.
- Feature: Added option to replace ul tag with ol tag. This will add decimal numbers to each heading in the TOC.
- Feature: Support for non-latin headlines. SimpleTOC now uses a character block list rather than an allow list.
- Feature: Add the CSS class “simpletoc-hidden” to the heading block to remove it from the Table of Contents.
- Feature: Experimental support for Arabic Text.
- Added Brazilian Portuguese translations to the translations. Thanks Ralden Souza!
- Added support for Rank Math plugin.