Defining a hierarchy of headings

Paragraph styles are the key to Writer’s automatic table of contents feature. The paragraph styles assigned to outline levels by OOo are the heading styles supplied with OOo: Heading 1, Heading 2, and so on.

Tools > Outline Numbering defines the hierarchy of headings in a document. This name is a bit misleading: your headings do not need to have outline numbers.

If you are using the default heading styles for the headings in your outline, you do not need to do anything on the Outline Numbering dialog except verify that the correct styles are given for each heading level you want to be shown in the ToC.

Choosing paragraph styles for outline levels

If you are using the default heading styles for the headings in your outline, and you do not want to use heading numbering, you do not need to do anything on the Outline Numbering dialog. The default outline numbering scheme uses the default heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, and so on).

To use custom styles in place of one or more of the default heading styles:

  1. Click Tools > Outline Numbering to open the Outline Numbering dialog.
  2. Choosing paragraph styles for outline levels

    Choosing paragraph styles for outline levels

  3. Click the number in the Level box corresponding to the heading for which you want to change the paragraph style.
  4. In the Numbering: Paragraph Style section, choose from the drop-down list the paragraph style you want to assign to that heading level. For example, when setting up a chapter in the Writer Guide, you would click Level 1 and choose OOoHeading1 (a custom style defined for the OOoAuthors project) to replace Heading 1 and for Level 2, OOoHeading2 to replace Heading 2.
  5. Repeat for each outline level that you want to change. Click OK when done.

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