Google Docs has this neat feature, where an outline is generated based on the text you've set to a specific style, such as title or heading:

screenshot of outline with different styles

Word has a similar feature. Is there a way to generate an outline like this in Scrivener using presets as you're typing?

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This answer is current as of Scrivener 3

You have a couple of options/features to view your outline:

1. Outline View

While selecting a folder or a text file in the binder, go to viewoutline. On MacOS this is simply achieved by pressing + 3. Here is a snapshot I created using a template:

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2. Table Of Content

If what you are looking for is more like a table of content, then you can create a TOC as follows:

  1. Add a new text file and rename it TOC, for instance.

  2. Select a folder in your binder, select viewOutlineExpand all, or on MacOS + 9.

  3. In the binder, select all the items you want in your TOC, as so:

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  1. Select: EditCopyCopy Documents as ToC.

  2. Go to the empty text you created in step 1, then paste. You'll receive a ToC settings dialog, change settings to your liking then you should see something like this:

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Note: The TOC copy you created is only updated when page numbers change. It is not updated with folder/text renames, or order changes.

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    Great in depth answer - +1
    – user18397
    Mar 15, 2019 at 5:00
  • Good answer I guess (very detailed), but it's not really what I'm looking for and it misses the point of the question: I wanted to create a TOC of the content within the file I'm currently in. I want to have an easy way to jump between different parts of the same file.
    – noClue
    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:11
  • Too bad that didn't help. My apologies for misunderstanding your question. But you didn't mention that you needed to navigate inside a single document. You may consider highlighting the beginnings of parts, then use the Formatting Finder. This isn't exactly seamless but I think it involves the least effort for what you want.
    – iamtowrite
    Mar 18, 2019 at 3:47
  • I wanted to add that this feature exists in Ulysess.
    – iamtowrite
    Mar 18, 2019 at 6:19

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