Outline view

Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

Outline view makes viewing complex documents easier by breaking the headings and paragraphs into collapsible sections. As can be seen in the picture, we have two heading 1's ("Computer Help" and "Computer Support") and two heading 2's ("Online examples" and "Computer Information") under the second heading 1. Clicking the + next to any of the headings will collapse that section and hide all text contained in the section.

Outline view

As seen in the picture, we collapsed "Computer Support" to hide all text in that section.

Note: If your document has no headings, the outline view will appear as a bullet list.

How do I get into Outline view?

In Microsoft Word, to get into Outline view, click View at the top of the window and then click the Outline icon. If you want to get out of Outline view, click on any of the other available views, like Print Layout.

Tip: You can also get an Outline view by clicking the Outline button in the View buttons.

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