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I am writing a lengthy article in Word 2010 and want to share an outline of what I have completed thusfar with a colleague. Because I have carefully applied heading 1, 2, etc. styles I can switch to outline view and see exactly what I want to share. I first looked for just how to print the darn thing. Thanks to Martin Liversage's answer to the SU question print in outline format microsoft word I found that, though the print preview indicates otherwise, the standard print command does in fact print the outline view. So I could print that to a PDF and have it at least as a file rather than hard copy. I would really prefer, however, to be able to simply copy the outline (with formatting!) so that I could paste it into an email or into another Word doc, etc. But a standard copy operation on the outline actually copies the whole document.

Is there any way to copy just the outline?

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Have you considered adding a "Table of Contents" to your paper? –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Oct 18 '11 at 3:08
    
Yes, that is the other workaround (besides the PDF notion), but I am hoping for better. (The table of contents approach takes additional work to remove leaders and page numbers, formats are different, etc.) –  Michael Sorens Oct 22 '11 at 18:10

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  1. Create a character style, let's call it Outline, based on Default Paragraph Font.
  2. Right-click Heading 1 style and select all occurences.
  3. Click Outline style to apply it.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 for Heading 2, Heading 3, etc.
  5. Now right-click Outline style and select all occurences.
  6. You have selected your outline. Now you can copy-and-paste it anywhere.
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Neat! I was about to start typing "Hey, wait a minute! That strips all the differentiation between headings..." until I re-read your answer and saw you specified character style, which retains the underlying paragraph styles. So this does, indeed, meet the requirements I posed. –  Michael Sorens Oct 31 '11 at 21:43

You can print your document as xps document while in the outline view.

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It'd be great if you could provide a few more details, e.g. what to do with the XPS file, etc. –  slhck Apr 13 '13 at 21:38

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