Word's outlining feature gives you a quick and convenient way to organize (and reorganize) any document or Web page. The larger your documents, the more valuable you will find the organizing capabilities that outlining provides. As you'll see, with outlining it's easy to view your document at a very high level, then drill down to any specific element that needs attention, and move large blocks of text easily. In other words, you can see the forest and the trees?and work with both.
You can use outlining to plan your document before you start to write. First, brainstorm?and enter the content you want to include in rough form. Then use Word's outlining tools to reorganize the text and decide what should be emphasized and which areas are minor details subordinate to more important points.