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Organizing Your Ideas

Whether you’re writing a report, a review, an article, or even a book, in order to create knowledge that can be shared with others, you need to organize your thoughts in some logical order. If you are more of a linear thinker, the Outline feature of Word can become an indispensable tool. If you’re more of a spatial type, you might want to try a less well-known tool—a mind map.

Creating an Outline

If you are creating a document from scratch, it can be useful to start by creating the outline using the Outline feature in Word. This technique has the advantage of helping you build the logical flow of the document first—its skeleton, so to speak. When you start with the outline, you can easily promote and demote headings until you create a solid structure for your document.


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