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5. Templates and Outlines > 46. Build a Better Outline

Build a Better Outline

Many Word users are at least aware of Outline view, and many use it to help structure lengthy documents. But when the outline is the document, few take advantage of the features Outline view has to offer.

Outlining is a common Word task. In its simplest form, you use Word’s built-in heading styles to sketch out a document’s structure, promoting, demoting, and rearranging headings as you work.

Though you can create an actual outline, complete with numbering and indenting, using Word’s Outline Numbering feature (go to FormatBullets and Numbering and choose the Outline Numbered tab), why bother duplicating the effort when Word’s heading styles are already set up for it?

There is a bit of work involved in setting up your outline template, but the time you’ll save in the long run makes it well worth the effort.


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