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asked 2020-06-22 23:40:15 +0100

Jonny gravatar image

updated 2020-07-09 19:29:00 +0100

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How are outlines created in Writer, and how are they edited? (They don't appear under Styles like numbering does.)

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answered 2020-08-17 16:14:00 +0100

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Please implement an outline editing view in Writer, with similar functionality to MS Word's Outline view, but make it more user-friendly.

Most important is being able to use tab and back-tab to change the outline level as one types, and automatic assignment of heading styles to corresponding outline levels.

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answered 2020-06-23 08:55:21 +0100

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updated 2020-06-23 09:57:21 +0100

If I am reading you right ...

Writer does not have the outline view "inline", with chapters/subchapters collapsible within the text edit pane, like what you have in some other wordprocessing apps. Instead you have the navigator on the side for this. Press function key F5 to toggle the floating navigator, or click the compass icon on the sidebar.

The outline you see in the navigator is based on the use of Heading x paragraph styles(*). Every Heading 1 paragraph inserted will create a new main branch in the Headings category of the navigator. Higher numbered Heading ... styles will spawn sublevels of branching.

All editing is done in the main, document editing pane.

If you want to use a lead paragraph (ingress), you can have that inserted into the navigator structure too. It may look a little messy, but it works. Just use Heading 10 (or any heading style with a level above the highest you are going to use), and edit that style to give an apearance like the text body (or slightly emphasized - like italic, shadow, indent - if you want the leads to stand out).

(*) - What really governs the creation of this outline is the "outline level" selected for the paragraph in Format - Paragraph, tab Outline/numbering. This is automatically set when you use the Heading styles. It is possible to set outline level for a paragraph independently of styles, but this is rarely a good idea. Instead, adjust the format by modifying heading styles so they suit your preferences.

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That makes no sense to me. Your response has to do with chapters, and I am interested in paragraphs. Further, as I understand it, one must use Bullets and Numbering to get an outline.

Jonny gravatar imageJonny ( 2020-06-23 18:04:37 +0100 )edit

My response was based on the assumption that you were looking for an "outline view" for an entire document.

A different kind of outline can be achieved by using a multilevel list which you have already mentioned, at least by context. Is that what you are looking for?

The simple way to start that is by the numbered list or bulleted list tools. To adjust outline level of each paragraph, press tab or shift+tab when the cursor is at the beginning of the paragraph.

The appearance of the entire outline can be adjusted by that Bullets/numbering dialog you mentioned.

keme gravatar imagekeme ( 2020-06-23 19:26:45 +0100 )edit

Thanks for the clarification. I think I understand now. I guess I need to use a windows app to get that fundamental feature as a basic component of a word processor rather than an adaptation of a numbered list. Thanks again.

Jonny gravatar imageJonny ( 2020-06-23 20:16:33 +0100 )edit

I agree. One of the truly great things about MS Word is that you can draft a document outline first using its outline view, then write the paragraphs. This is even more useful when multiple people are drafting different parts of the same document.

prailsback gravatar imageprailsback ( 2020-08-17 16:12:05 +0100 )edit

WordPerfect is even better. It is awesome. It is the word processing and desktop publishing standard still.

Jonny gravatar imageJonny ( 2020-08-18 21:35:09 +0100 )edit
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