How To Add To Outline In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add an outline in Google Docs.

How To Add To Outline In Google Docs

Using headers in your document can help you organize your ideas and make it easier to navigate. Google Docs has a built-in Outline feature that allows you to view all the headers in your document as an outline.

The feature adds an outline panel on the left-hand side of your document. Each item in the outline can be clicked on to jump to that specific heading.

In this guide, we will explain how to add a new heading to your generated outline in Google Docs.

How to Insert an Outline in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to insert an outline in Google Docs.

Step 1

Open the Google Docs document you want to add an outline to.

Step 2

Before we add to our outline, we must show the outline of our document. Click on View > Show outline to enable the outline in your current document.

Step 3

Google Docs will create an outline based on the existing headers in your document.

Step 4

We can add to the outline by creating a new heading. First, type the text to use for the heading.

Next, click on the dropdown menu with the label “Normal text” to reveal the list of possible heading options.

In our example, we’ll set our text to Heading 2.

The newly-created heading should now appear in our outline.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to add to an outline in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.