Animation of how to use the outline feature.
Start your outline by clicking the View tab, then clicking Outline in the Document Views group, and begin typing. As you decide on the hierarchal level for the paragraph, simply click the Outline Level box in the Outline Tools group and then click a level from 1 to 9. Or if you change your mind and decide not to make the text a heading, click Body Text.
As you work on your outline, the entries for your TOC are set up automatically. There are no extra steps required because Word formats each outline entry, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and so on, with the built-in style, Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, and so on, which in turn is automatically set up in your TOC as TOC 1, TOC 2, TOC 3, and so on.
This is a great way to start a document, but you can also use the outlining feature on an existing document, even if the document also uses predefined heading styles such as Heading 1, and so on, as you'll see in the practice.
Click Play to see how to use the outline feature.