How to add document outlines in Google Docs

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Google Docs is the foremost word-processing web app. Anybody with a Google account can fully utilize it without the need for any kind of subscription.

It includes many of the features you’ll find in Word, including an outline tool. That enables users to navigate longer documents by clicking headings and formatted text in an Outline sidebar, which is similar to Word’s Outline View.

How do you get the outline on Google Docs?

  1. First, open Google Docs in a sidebar.
  2. Then open either a blank or a saved document to add an outline to.
  3. Click the View menu.The View menu google docs how to add outline
  4. Then select the Show document outline option if it’s not selected. That option will open the Outline sidebar shown directly below.The Outline sidebar google docs how to add outline
  5. Then you can add outlines to documents with the heading formatting options. To do so, select some text within the document with the cursor to include in the Outline sidebar.
  6. Click the Styles drop-down menu shown directly below.The Styles drop-down menu google docs how to add outline
  7. Select Heading 1 on the Styles drop-down menu. That will format the selected text with the selected heading and add it to the Outline sidebar as shown below.heading 1 formatting google docs how to add outline
  8. You can add different outline layers by selecting smaller subheadings. Select a second text string to apply heading formatting to.
  9. Then click Styles, and select Heading 2 on the menu. Heading 2 will add a secondary outline level to the sidebar as shown directly below.heading 2 formatting google docs how to add outline
  10. In addition, you can add outline text to the Outline sidebar by applying bold, italic, and underline formatting. To do so, select some text in the document; and then click the Bold, Italic, or Underline button.outline heading with bold formatting google docs how to add outline
  11. Then you can click the headings in the Outline sidebar to jump to that text in the document.
  12. To remove a heading within the Outline sidebar, select it and click the Remove from outline option.
  13. You can close the Outline sidebar by clicking the Close document outline button shown directly below.
    Close document outline button google docs how to add outline
  14. You can click the Show document outline button to show the sidebar.Show document outline button google docs how to add outline

So, that’s how you can add an outline to a Google Docs document. Then you can navigate through the document more quickly by clicking the outline headings in the sidebar instead of scrolling through it with the scrollbar.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, you can leave them in the comments section below.