Gone are the days of needing to create outlines by tabbing and spacing by hand! Rejoice! For some time now Microsoft Word has had the ability to make Outlines in half the time! See below for the article from Microsoft, go here for the full article. Be sure to note the important tips!
Create an outline from scratch
In Word, outlines are also called multilevel lists. The following steps show how to write a new outline from scratch. If, instead, you want to view an existing document in outline form, read Use Outline view to manage headings and arrange text.
From within Word:
Click Home and, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Multilevel List.
Choose an outline style from the List Library. Point to each outline style in the library to view all the levels for the style.
Start typing to begin the list. Press Enter when you finish the line to start a new line.
To start a new list level, press the Tab key and begin typing.
Press Enter to return to the previous list level.
Every teacher may have different requirements for how your outline is arranged (Heading Labels, Letters, Numbers, etc.) Always be sure to check their instructions or the templates they provide to be sure the Outline Format is what they asked for.
- Most users will find the common Heading sensitive list (see the red box below) the one they need for traditional outlining
If you want, or if it is needed, you can change the default formatting of the lettering, etc. by defining a new multilevel list style. It is an easy process and once you have saved it, you can use it again and again. (See below)
- Select "Define New Multilevel List" from the drop down menu
- Change the list to reflect what your teacher has asked or that you want
- Change your details
- Double check how it looks in your preview window
- Say "Okay!"
- It is easy, if you make a mistake in your outlining (provided you use the Heading options in the Lists Word makes for you,) to change your outline levels with a "click!"
- Select the line you want to change Outline level and then select the correct heading option from the toolbar/ribbon above! It will change automatically for you.
- In my example below I need to change my Second Heading to Header 1, I accidentally made it Heading 2 So I first select that line, then second go to the correct Heading in the ribbon above (Heading 1) select it and it changes it to my desired heading automatically.
- This process can be done anytime while making the outline so go ahead and make what you need and change it any time!