Chapter 15. Creating Outlines from Existing Text
In This Chapter
Chapter 14, "Creating Outlines in OneNotes," taught you how to create an outline from scratch; now you're ready to learn about how to
In addition to turning text into outlines, you can turn outlines into regular text. Finally, we'll cover how to display only certain outline sections and how you can change the format of your outline.
Changing Existing Text into an Outline
As you're typing along in OneNote, you don't always know that what you're typing would make more sense in outline format. You can
Figure 15.1. The following notes would make more sense if turned into an outline.
As you can see, there are two distinct note containers on this page. If you need both note containers to be part of the same outline, the first step you'll want to take is combining these two note containers. It's easy to combine note containers. Simply position your mouse over the top of the second note container. You'll see the
Now that you have a single note container on the screen, there are several different ways you can turn this large note into an outline. You can use one of the following methods or use a combination of these
Converting an Entire Note Container to an Outline
Figure 15.2. You can change text into a bulleted list with a single click.
Now that you have a bulleted list, you can turn that list into an outline by choosing sections of text to indent.
Selecting Sections of Text to Indent
Even though the text is now in bulleted form, Figure 15.2 still isn't very readable. From looking at the text, it should be obvious that several of the lines should be indented (or nested) under other lines. To indent these lines, use the following steps.
You can use the same
Creating Your Outline Line by Line
If you don't want to convert an entire block of text into an outline at once, you can create your outline step by step. You'll use the same basic techniques as described in the previous section. To begin, highlight the first line of your outline and click the Bullets or Numbering button on the Formatting toolbar. You can then click the
You can continue these steps to create the rest of your outline. Your numbered outline might look similar to Figure 15.4.
Figure 15.4. You can create a numbered outline from any text in OneNote.
Changing Text from Outline Text to Body Text
Body text is text within your outline that provides more detail to an outline topic. For example, in Figure 15.5, the text
Figure 15.5. You can make body text out of any lines within the outline.
In Figure 15.5, if you turned the second bullet and its associated sub-bullets into body text, they would all appear as body text indented under the first bullet.