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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 Microsoft Office Word as well as to reorganize quickly what you've already written.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • 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.

How do you like to organize your ideas? If you're fond of outlining, that tried-and-true organizational aid, Word has tools that streamline the process. (And if you haven't tried outlining, you'll be amazed at how much time and trouble it can save you.)

To learn more about this course, you can read the overview in the center of this page or the detailed table of contents in the left column. Then click the Next button to start the first lesson.

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