Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Changing Body Text to a Heading.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)
Word contains a powerful outlining system that allows you to make changes to document structure quickly. You do this in Outline view, which is most easily invoked by clicking on the Outline view button on the status bar if you are using earlier versions of Word. (This icon is no longer available on the status bar in Word 2013 and Word 2016.) If you are using later versions of Word, Outline view is invoked by clicking on the View tab of the ribbon and then clicking Outline in the Views group. When you enter Outline view, Word displays a new tab on the ribbon—the Outlining tab. You use the controls on the tab to change indentation levels for your outline, as you've learned in other issues of WordTips.
Besides headings, you may have body text within your document. You may wish to change a paragraph of body text to a heading. You can do this in any of these ways, after positioning the insertion point on the paragraph you want to change:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12589) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing Body Text to a Heading.
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