Headings add organization to your document that allows you to easily navigate through sections of text. In Word, you can make formatting changes specifically for headings and edit your text as an outline. The following articles discuss Word's headings capabilities and how to utilize them.

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   Changing Outline Heading Level
Working with a document's outline can be a great way to organize your writing. Word provides a variety of tools for working with outlines, including tools that allow you to adjust the heading levels of elements in your outline.

   Creating a Table of Contents from Heading Levels
If your document is any length at all, adding a table of contents is a nice touch. This tip demonstrates how easy it is to create a TOC based on the headings in your document.

   Creating an Inline Heading
When settling on an overall design for your document, you need to decide how you want your headings to appear. If you want one of your heading levels to actually be "inline" with the paragraph it precedes, applying the styles and not messing up your Table of Contents can be tricky.

   Formatting All Headings At Once
If you need to apply a common formatting change to all the headings in your document, a quick way to do it is to use the Outline view of Word. This tip presents a simple technique that can save you loads of time.

   Getting the Expected Space Before a Heading
If your heading styles are designed to add extra space before the heading, you may be surprised when that extra space is not used by Word. Here's how you can configure the program to treat that extra space as you expect.

   Moving Headings to the Next Page
Word provides a few ways you can adjust pagination to accommodate where you want your headings to appear. If you want something that Word doesn't offer, then you'll need to get creative in your workarounds.

   Printing without Headings
One way to use heading styles is to create a story outline. When it comes time to print the story, though, you may not want those headings to print. This tip describes a couple of ways to do this.

   Sharing Headings with Others
Headings form the outline of your document and hopefully give it an easy-to-follow organization. If you want to share those headings with others, there are a couple of approaches you can take.

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