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10 Reasons to Outline Your Next Long Document

Remember those awful research projects you had to do in junior high school, when you had to turn in first your outline, then your note cards, then your draft, and then your final? Composing in Word isn’t like that, thank goodness. Once you create an outline in Word, you’ve got something to start with. Not something you’ll type once and then type again later—but something you can use to build your document, edit it, and organize (or reorganize) it. And with that outline, you can even move seamlessly to and from a table of contents that’s linked to the work in progress.

So if you have a resistance to outlining (and you’re not alone), consider these reasons for outlining long documents in Word:


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