Outline numbering

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OpenOffice.org provides two ways to do outline numbering. Although both methods are called outline numbering, they serve two quite different purposes:

  • Tools > Outline Numbering is for defining the hierarchy of headings. This method requires a separate paragraph style for each level of the hierarchy. The paragraph styles specified on the Outline Numbering dialog box determine which headings appear in the table of contents. Despite the name, headings do not have to be numbered. See Defining a hierarchy of headings.
  • Numbering Styles are for defining the appearance of lists, both simple lists and outlines or nested lists—that is, numbered or bulleted paragraphs, some of which have numbered or bulletted sublists under them. This method requires only one paragraph style. These lists can be used for a variety of purposes. See Working with list (numbering) styles.

A document can use both methods. One document can have only one hierarchy of headings, but it can use several numbering styles (both simple and nested) for different purposes.

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