We think an outline in a big document is a must. Faster navigation, a clear document structure, and most importantly, direct links to those specific parts of the document. There are a lot of benefits of using document outline in Google Docs, and let’s create one for ourselves.
So, first of all, you might already have that document outline structure with the headings in your doc since Google Docs automatically creates headings throughout your progress on the doc. Maybe, all you need is to just turn on its displaying.
For that, we press the “View” item on the toolbar, locating the “Show document outline” line and clicking on it
There you have it on the left with all headings in your doc, which are links to those headings over the whole document
So, when you press it, it naturally throws you to that specific heading in the doc
That’s how it works. So, now you saw the automatic outline creation done by Google Docs itself, but frequently and normally, you create it yourself.
Manual Headings & Outline Creation
But if for you it wasn't created automatically, it’s OK. Let`s create the headings manually. So, here it’s about different heading and subheading styles.
On a separate line in the doc, you enter your text for the heading, highlight it with the mouse, go to the button with “Normal text” on it and select, let’s say, “Heading 1”
There it is, now it’s in the document outline as well
And then for the subheading, you create one more separate line and highlight it, go to the text style and choose “Heading 2”
There it is. It is the text with a smaller font size. And it looks smaller in the doc structure on the left as a subheading
And that’s how it works, then it just keeps going.
Let’s create one more line, highlight it, go to the text style, and select “Heading 3”
Now it’s a sub subheading
But when you create one more line and make its text style “Heading 1” again, it will become a new kind of the main heading in the outline one more time
And then you add subheadings below it the same way
That’s how it works.
And if we go to just another page where there are no headings and click on some heading from a structure, we will get thrown to that specific heading and the text below it
We hope this tutorial on how to add to outline in Google Docs will be helpful for you. Good luck!
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