Create a document outline

Document in outline view

Outlining a document can help you conceptualize and plan its content. Find out how easy it is to create a working outline in Word 2007 as well as to quickly reorganize what you've already written.

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About this course

This course includes:

  • Two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require Word 2007.

  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Create a document outline from scratch.

  • Reorganize or restructure an existing outline.

  • Promote or demote outline entries so that they hold a greater or lesser level of prominence in your overall outline (for example, turn a top-level heading into a subheading).

  • Expand and collapse portions of the outline, and view an existing document in outline format.

Topics in this course

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  1. Create an outline from scratch

  2. A note about outline view vs. outline numbering

  3. Begin an outline from scratch

  4. Create top-level outline entries

  5. Add subordinate entries as you go

  6. The role of body text in your outline

  7. How outline levels relate to built-in styles

  8. Practice

  1. Restructure your outline

  2. Promote or demote entries

  3. Reorganize entries

  4. View your full document

  5. Practice

  6. Quick reference card

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