How to Create an Outline in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

The following steps show how to create an outline in Microsoft Word.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the View tab, and from the View group, select Outline.
    Select Outline

  2. Use the Outlining group to set headings and promote and demote text.
    Outlining Group

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.