Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
That thick, short, horizontal line marks the end of your outline. The line also appears in Draft
view, where it also marks the end of a document. The bar doesn’t go away, so don’t try to delete
All basic Word commands work in Outline view. You can use the cursor keys, delete text, check
spelling, save, insert oddball characters, print, and so on. Don’t worry about formatting the text.
Word uses the Heading 1 through Heading 9 styles for your outline. Main topics are formatted
in Heading 1, subtopics in Heading 2, and so on.
The Body, or Normal, style is used in an outline for making notes and such. See the section
“Adding a text topic,” later in this chapter.
Typing topics in the outline
Outlines are composed of topics and subtopics. Topics are your main ideas, with subtopics
describing the details. You should start your outline by adding the main topics. To do so, just type them out.
In Figure 25-2 , you see several topics typed out, each on a line by itself. Each topic, as well as any
subtopics, sports a gray circle. The circle acts as a handle for the topic; you can use the circle to
expand or collapse the topic as well as move it around. Later sections in this chapter explain the
Figure 25-2: Level 1 topics.
Press Enter at the end of each topic. This creates another topic at the same level as the first
See the next section for information on creating a subtopic.
Main topics should be short and descriptive, as in a book’s table of contents.