How to Promote Sections in an Outline in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

Once you have created an outline in your Word document, it's easy to promote any section in just a few steps.

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


  1. In Outline view, highlight the section you want to promote.

  2. In the Outline Tools group, select Promote.
    Select Promote

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.