What does TOC stand for?

Table of contents

When we’re talking about books, magazines, or guides, the term ‘TOC’ stands for “table of contents”. This acronym is thrown around a lot in tech support forums, where it’s typically used to refer to a software manual’s table of contents.

More often than not, if you’re looking for information on a specific subject, other users will point you towards the ToC. This way, you can easily find exactly what you need without having to sift through the entire manual.

So, suppose you’re trying to figure out how to download apps on your fancy new smart fridge. You might get a response from another user like, “Have you looked at the Apps section in the manual’s ToC?“. This basically means they’re suggesting you to refer to the table of contents in the manual to find your answer.

Example for using ‘TOC’ in a conversation

Hey, I just got a new smartphone!

Nice! Did it come with a user manual?

Yes, it did. I’m trying to figure out how to customize the settings.

Have you checked the TOC in the manual? It should have a section on customization.