Monday, February 27, 2023

How to Use Microsoft 365 Word Outline Feature to Organize Your Documents

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When creating a new document, the biggest challenge is to get started with your thoughts.

One way to do that is to outline your thoughts so that you can see how you want your document to be organized and structured.

Microsoft 365 Word has a powerful feature that can help you create and structure your documents more efficiently: the Outline feature. 

The Outline feature allows you to view your document as a hierarchy of headings and paragraphs, and easily rearrange them by dragging and dropping. 

You can also use the Outline feature to create a PowerPoint presentation from your document with just a few clicks.

To use the Outline feature, follow these steps:

  • Open Word and select View > Outline
    • This automatically generates an outline and opens the Outlining tools1.
  • If your document has headings (any heading levels from H1-H9), you’ll see those headings organized by level. 
  • If your document doesn’t have headings and subheadings yet, you can add them by using the buttons on the Outlining toolbar or tab to promote and demote heading levels.
  • To rearrange your outline, simply drag and drop any heading or paragraph to a new location. 
  • You can also collapse or expand any level of your outline by using the arrows next to the headings.
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Use Microsoft Word 365 Outline to Outline Your Documents
  • To create a PowerPoint presentation from your outline, click File > Export > Create Handouts. 
  • Choose how you want to send your outline to PowerPoint, and click OK. A new PowerPoint file will be created with slides based on your outline.

The Outline feature is a great way to organize your thoughts and ideas before writing your document. It can also help you save time and effort by creating presentations from your existing content. 

Try it out today and see how it can improve your productivity!

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