Moving Outline Items

Moving Outline Items

Part of organizing your thoughts means moving them to an earlier or later position in the document, without changing their outline level. Say you decide a section you've typed in the middle of your document would make a great introduction. You can move it to the beginning of the document, without promoting or demoting it. Moving topics and items up and down in your document is very similar to moving them left and right. (Figure). If you want to take subtopics along with an item when you move it, make sure that they're selected (or collapsed) under the item that you're moving.

Figure. When you drag a header up and down, you see a horizontal line that acts as a marker to show you exactly where the heading (and connected text) will appear when you let go of the mouse button.

In addition to dragging, Word gives you two other ways to move topics up and down in your outline. Select the heading you want to move, and then click the Move Up or Move Down buttons on the Outlining tab (Figure). You can also use the shortcut keys Alt+Shift+up arrow or Alt+Shift+down arrow.

Figure. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to reposition a topic before or after other topics in the sequence of your document. Its ranking in the heading hierarchy doesn't change.

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