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How do I create legal outlining in an Article, Section format

asked 2013-08-14 01:39:19 +0200

Rob Hicks gravatar image

updated 2013-08-16 00:44:12 +0200

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For many legal documents, a legal outline lie this is required:

Article I
Section 1.1

I have used the features in Tools | Outline Numbering but can't figure out how to achieve the foregoing. The best I have been able to come up with is:

Article I
Section I.1

Is there a way to change the sublevel numbering scheme?

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Is this "1.1 1.1.1" (missing dot after second number) intentional or it should be ""?

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-08-14 07:14:16 +0200 )edit

It looks like this editor doesn't like to keep new lines. So to clarify, I want it to look like:

Article I

Section 1.1


I can only seem to get:

Article I

Section I.1 (capital I and the number 1)

I.1.1 (capital I and the number 1 followed by "." and the number 1)



Rob Hicks gravatar imageRob Hicks ( 2013-08-14 09:53:02 +0200 )edit

@Rob Hicks - "...this editor doesn't like to keep new lines."

You accomplished it in the comment :) but with Markdown, you need to add two spaces to the end of a line for it to recognize line breaks when the lines are consecutive. You could edit the original question, if you like.

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2013-08-14 11:17:24 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-01-16 11:32:57 +0200

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updated 2015-01-16 12:15:27 +0200

I think the "proper" way to do that (and the easiest way) is to format like this:

                       Article I
Section 1. {Art.I - Section 1 Title}
  1.1  Subsection one
Section 2. {Art.I - Section 2 Title}
  2.1 Subsection 2

I think you know how to do that, but here it is:

From the menu: Bullets and Numbering :: Middle tab-Outline :: select the desired style (it should be one of the available selections - look like you found that already).


;; last tab-Options ;;

  • select "level 1" ; select number "I, II, III ... " ; insert separator-before: "Article"
  • select "level 2" ; select number "1, 2, 3 ..." ; insert separator-before: "Section", insert seperator after: "." ; select show-levels "1"
  • select "level 3" ; select number "1, 2, 3 ..." ; leave sep.-before blank, insert sep.-after "." ; select show-levels "2" ... and so on.

This will set you up with the basic numbering system that you desire based by using the paragraph systles for headings 1, 2, 3, and so on.

But if you are producing a legal or formal document, you may not be happy with the formating of all the rest - Indentation, Alignment of text and subsequent line if wrapped, fonts, etc.

To clean things up to something close to what I would like to use is mostly brute force editing styles in two places:

;; the second to last tabs-Position in the dialog for bullets and numbering, and ;; the individual paragraph styles to a depth needed in your your document.

I strongly recommend that you undertake this formating in basic "blank" or "starter" document (you could include generic Title (Contract and Agreement), page numbering, etc, formated as desired ... Then save it as a template called, maybe - "contract"?

Then when you want that paragraph-heading style again, it will be ready. good luck.

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Also - In the separators beforw, you need a space: "Article " and "Section "

dgbutterworth gravatar imagedgbutterworth ( 2015-01-16 12:21:09 +0200 )edit
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