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Outline Template (Microsoft Word)
Beginning on the next page is an outline template (in Microsoft Word format), which is filled in with a
sample to show you what a final outline looks like. Here is how to fill in your own outline:
• Triple click on a sentence to highlight it. (Or swipe across it with a mouse’s left key held down.)
• Type your sentence. (The original words should automatically disappear; if they don’t, use the
Delete key to eliminate them.)
• When you don’t need an outline subdivision (such as “C” or “3”), delete the line.
• When you need to insert a new subdivision, place the cursor at the end of the sentence
immediately above where you want to insert, press Enter, go the Style drop-down menu (typically
located next to the Font drop-down menu) at the top of the screen, and select the appropriate
For I, II, III, etc., choose Outline 1
For A, B, C, etc., choose Outline 2
For 1, 2, 3, etc., choose Outline 3
For a, b, c, etc., choose Outline 4
NOTE: You will need to manually enter the correct letter or number, and you may need to
change letters and numbers above and below your new entry. At times, you may need to use the
Tab and Backspace keys to align entries properly.
• TROUBLESHOOTING TIP: If Microsoft Word performs undesired formatting—such as
inserting unwanted letters and numbers and changing the indentation—go to Format menu, click
AutoFormat, click Options, choose the “AutoFormat As You Type” button, and deselect (so that
there is no checkmark) these two choices: “Automatic Bulleted Lists” and “Automatic Numbered
• The first time you save your document, choose “Save As” in the File menu and provide a new
name. (This will preserve the original file and its sample.)
• For Bibliography entries, you can choose (from the Style drop-down menu at the top of the
screen) either the “MLA Entry” style or the “APA Entry” style. (See Chapter 6 in the text for
• For an explanation of the different parts of an outline, see Chapter 12 in the text.