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Microsoft Word - Outline


Outline View is a feature of Word in the Microsoft Office Suite. Outline allows you to convert pages of documents into an outline format.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, reading an outline with material chunked by topic, including headings and bullets, allows them to access content and focus on the important points rather than on decoding the material.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Outline feature of MS Word.


Instructions on How to Use Outline Feature of MS Word

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Outline feature of MS Word.

Please click below for a video demonstration of how to use the Outline feature of MS Word.


Creating Outlines from Word Documents

Technical Requirements and Where to Access MS Word

MS Word (MS Office 2008 for Mac and MS Office Pro 2007) Technical Requirements:

Mac Requirements:

  • Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.5 GB hard drive

Windows Requirements:

  • 500 MHz processor speed or higher
  • Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1 or later
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB hard drive

Go to http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepr... to download a 60 day free trial of MS Office Pro 2007;


Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/trial-download.mspx to download a 30 day free trial for MS Office 2008 for Mac.


Picture of an outline of an MS Word document.


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A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Providing students with outlines focus their attention on the important information in a reading. As a course activity, instructors could have students create outlines for a reading and share these outlines with each other. The students would be exposed to a wider range of content and would develop a useful study strategy for distilling important information.