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Creating an Outline

Creating an outline does two things: it organizes your work by heading, subheading, and body text, and applies formatting to each heading level. Styles define the formatting applied to each heading level. The style Heading 1 formats the first level of heading, Heading 2 formats the second level, and so on, through Heading 9. The Normal style formats body text. Word has predefined the Heading and Normal styles; however, you can redefine any of those styles by choosing Format, Style.

Word provides two ways to create an outline. The first method is to select the Outline view and then use the Outline toolbar's buttons to assign heading levels to your text (while creating or after creating the document). This chapter describes this method. The second method is to work in Normal view (or Draft or Page Layout view) of your document and assign appropriate styles, such as Heading 1 or Heading 2, to the headings in the document. To learn how to apply styles to text, see Chapter 11, "Using Styles for Repetitive Formats."


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