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Chapter 18. Outlining: Practical Techniq... > The Role of Heading Styles and Outli...

The Role of Heading Styles and Outline Levels in Outlining

To understand outlining, you must understand three concepts: heading styles, outline levels, and body text.

  • Heading styles are built-in styles that Word provides for each level of heading in your document, from Heading 1 to Heading 9. These styles don't just carry formatting information; they also carry information about where the text fits in the hierarchy of your document. In other words, Word recognizes that Heading 1 is a first-level heading, Heading 2 is a second-level heading, and so forth.

  • Outline levels provide a way for you to give the same hierarchical information for paragraphs in your outline that are not headings. For example, you may have a quotation that you want to treat as a second-level element in your outline for the purposes of your table of contents.

  • Body text is text that is formatted with the Body Text outline level—in other words, text that does not have an Outline Level from 1 to 9 assigned to it. Typically, the paragraphs of text between headings in a document are body text. By default, text formatted in Word's built-in Normal or Body Text style carries the Body Text Outline Level. In an outline, if body text follows a heading, or if it follows other text formatted with an outline level from 1 to 9, Word treats the body text as subordinate.


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