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Notice the line numbering in the screenshot below. The lines from 2 to 20 are "folded out". To see these lines one can click the plus sign.

Paragraph folding

I want to create a document in Word with this functionality. Is it possible? It should be possible to create nested paragraphs that are "folded out".

Because I want to distribute the document, it would be good if this worked for older versions of Word.

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There is outline mode which will do this for headers –  Mark Sep 21 '11 at 11:18
@Mark Thank you for that. That answers my question, but I tried it using Word 2010, and the look of it was so mediocre that it is not useful. Also I do not know how to send a document that requires that the reader is in outline mode. In addition, I am hoping for a way to say, which paragraphs should be "folded out" and, which ones should not. –  David Sep 21 '11 at 12:51
There is a plugin that provides a macro based solution... –  user120518 Feb 28 '12 at 16:28
You can also mark text "hidden" from the Font dialog box, but there's no visible indication that it even exists at that point. maybe create a style that is hidden and also has some kind of image watermark or something –  endolith Jul 24 '13 at 21:06
I would have opted to have the specific document start in Outline mode; here is how to achieve this:… –  SnookerFan Oct 23 '13 at 20:25

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