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Edit and use a document outline

You can structure documents with the document outline in Google Docs. The outline detects titles and headings to help frame your document.

Open a document outline
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. To open the outline, click Tools and then Document outline. The outline will open on the left.
Close a document outline
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. On the left side of the document next to "Outline," click Close Close. The outline will stay closed until you open it again.
Add headings to an outline

Google Docs will automatically add headings to the outline, but you can also add them manually.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to make a heading.
  3. On the toolbar styles menu, click Normal text.
  4. Click a heading style. The heading will be added to the outline.

Note: Subtitles will not appear in the outline.

Remove headings from an outline
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. On the document outline, point to the heading you want to remove. Click Remove from outline Close.

Note: You can add a heading back to the outline. Select the text, right-click, and click "Add to document outline."

Use an outline to move around in a document
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click the heading you want to go to in the document. You will move to that place in the document.

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