This is the only known method of creating multi-level
numbering/outlining/bullets that survives editing.
Outline View has been available since at least Word 97 and continues
in the Ribbon Versions of Word. It not only changes the view but gives
quick access to Outlining controls. These allow collapsing Outline
levels, promoting and demoting paragraphs and other helpful methods.
Leave the Master Document
In Word 97-2003, you can access it under the View Menu, in later
versions, under the View Tab.
Outline view lets you Collapse/Expand parts of your document quickly.
You can select and copy/move entire parts of your document within
You can print just the outline (collapsed/expanded as wished)
by using the Quick Print button (Word 97-2003). For later versions of
Word, you will need to add the button to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
as outlined by Suzanne Barnhill in this
Warning: The Outline View in
versions of Word after Word 97 has given access to the "Master Document
features" of Word. These are dangerous and can destroy your work. See
Master Documents before
touching these "features."
Note: The idea of labeling of sections as "big ideas" was stolen directly
from Bill Coan's article on