Create a list of items in Word and use Outline view to help organize them into topics and subtopics. Move topics up and down in the list, ordering them by a specific sequence. Demote topics into subtopics. Set a specific topic level. Promote subtopics to topics. Use tools on the Outlining toolbar as well as the Word outline keyboard shortcuts. Add more subtopics and expand the outline as the process continues.
- Building an outline in Microsoft Word is…a two-step process.…First, you use Word to write a list of unorganized data,…thoughts that pop into your head or whatever.…The order doesn't matter at this point.…Second, you use the outlining techniques, commands,…and shortcuts to work with the list…and transform it into a functional outline.…To switch to outline view in Word,…click the View tab, then Outline.…On a PC, the keyboard shortcut is control alt O.…
On a Mac, the keyboard shortcut is command option O.…And you start typing thoughts or ideas,…a list at this point.…Keep the topic short and punchy.…Single words are fine.…Sentences are a bit much.…Instead think of chapter or slide titles as the text.…Don't worry about organizing things right away.…Let your thoughts pour out of your head…in whatever order.…Organization comes later.…In fact, the more ideas you jot down,…the easier it is to organize.…
At some point, you're gonna pause.…You can collect your thoughts and continue to build a list…or you can start organizing.…
- Identify the problem with making assumptions about an audience.
- Recall the characteristics of a topic.
- Define narrative text.
- Explain how to transform topics to keep the audience engaged.
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