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 – mmmmmm 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... moreaddin.com – 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: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/… – SnookerFan Oct 23 '13 at 20:25

You can only do this in Word 2013 or later by putting a title above a paragraph. To fold in or fold out the paragraph, click on the triangle circled in red on the screenshot below.

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This is unfortunately impossible in older versions of Word.

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