Add a document outline in Google Docs

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Summarizing your document can be helpful to your readers. You can give a brief overview and point out important points. You don’t need to include this in your content, as you can add a document outline in Google Docs.

The document summary feature was introduced in early 2022 for Google Docs on the web. It is linked to the outline you can create with headings in your document. But the nice thing is that you can only use the summary if you prefer.

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Insert a document outline in Google Docs

Go to Google Docs, sign in and open your document. You should have the Document Outline icon at the top left, outside the margin of your document.

If you don’t see it, select View > Show Document Outline to display it.

Show document overview in the menu

Click the Document Summary icon and you’ll have a place for Summary at the top. Click on the plus sign on the right. A text box will appear where you can enter your summary.

Open the summary with the plus sign

When you’re done typing your summary, press Enter or Return to save it. At the bottom of the screen you will see a short message that your summary has been saved.

Summary Saved Message

Although you can’t format the text in the outline box, you can add line spacing if you want. At the end of the line, hold down Shift and press Enter or Return.

Line breaks in the summary

To edit the summary at any point, hover the cursor over it and click the Edit Summary icon (pencil). In edit mode, the Summary box is outlined in blue.

To delete the summary, click the Edit Summary icon, delete all text in the box and press Enter or Return to save it.

You can save space in your Google Doc by including the summary in this handy place. Also using the outline is a good introduction to your document.

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