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Creating a New Outline

Creating a new outline in Word is simple. If you’re just starting a document, simply click the Outline View button to the left of the horizontal scroll bar. Follow these steps to start the new outline:

1.
Type the text for your heading. The heading is automatically formatted in the Heading 1 style.

2.
Press Enter. The insertion point moves to the next line in the outline.

3.
To create a sublevel, click Demote on the Outlining toolbar. Word indents the insertion point and changes the first outline symbol (-) to a plus (+) symbol, indicating that the heading now has a subordinate entry. Type the text for that entry.

4.
Press Enter to move to the next line in your outline. By default, Word creates the next heading at the same level as the heading you last entered. If you want to create another sublevel, click Demote.

5.
To raise an entry one heading level, click the Promote button. If you want to move all the way out to the left margin and create a Heading 1 outline level, click the Promote To Heading 1 button.

6.
Continue typing entries until your outline is completed. Figure 10-4 shows a sample outline with multiple outline levels.

Figure 10-4. Outlining is a simple matter of identifying key topics in your document, naming them, and ordering them the way you want.



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