How to Create a Document Outline in Google Docs

If you want create a document outline in Google Docs, here’s how to do it. You don’t need to use third-party add-ons since Google Docs has the default option. This article explains the difference between table of contents and document outline so that you can use them according to your needs.

What is a document schema?

Let’s say you are writing a project for your college. Almost all projects include texts, titles, images, graphics, tables, etc. If you want to display headings inside the document, you can use the table of contents. However, if you do not want to insert an index but want to display the headings in a separate place so that you can quickly navigate from place to place, you must insert the document outline.

When you add the document outline, Google Docs displays a separate section on the left side, containing all the headings. You can click on any heading and quickly jump to that section of the document without manually scrolling up or down.

Before you begin, there are a few things you should know about the document outline in Google Docs:

  • You can manually enable or disable the document map.
  • To insert text into the outline, you must convert it to Heading 1 or Heading 2.
  • You can manually add or remove any title as needed.
  • You can display normal text in the outline, but you must enlarge the text size relative to normal.

To create a document outline in Google Docs, follow these steps:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Go to View > Show Document Outline.
  3. Enter a summary of the outline.
  4. Select any text and make it Heading 1 or Heading 2.
  5. Find the title in the document outline.
  6. Select any normal text and enlarge the font size.
  7. Find the text in the document outline.

To learn more about these steps, keep reading.

First, you need to open a document in Google Docs. However, if you want to create the document from scratch, you must do so first. Then go to To see and select the Show Document Outline option.

You can find a separate panel on the left side. You need to click on the edit icon and enter a summary. However, this is not required and you can skip this step if you wish.

Next, select some text that you want to include in the document outline. This text will be a title. Once the text is selected, expand the corresponding section and choose either Heading 1 or Heading 2.

How to Create a Document Outline in Google Docs

Right after that, you can find the newly created title in the document outline section.

How to Create a Document Outline in Google Docs

As mentioned earlier, you can display any normal text in the document outline. For this you need to make the text size larger than the rest of the texts. To do this, select the text and click on the more icon to increase font size.

Once you do that, it will be included in the document outline. If you don’t want to show a header in the plan, you can hover your mouse over the header and click the cross icon.

To add an outline in Google Docs, you need to follow the steps above. First, go to To see and select the Show Document Outline option. Then select any text and convert it to Heading 1 or Heading 2. It will automatically be included in the outline.

That’s all! I hope this guide has helped.

Lily: How to insert a table of contents in Google Docs.

How to Create a Document Outline in Google Docs

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