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Describes the use of the emacs text editor as an outliner.

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Table of Contents

1. What is emacs outline mode?
1.1. Assumptions
1.2. Definitions
2. Creating your outline
3. Moving around inside an outline
4. Hiding and revealing sections of an outline

1. What is emacs outline mode?

You can use emacs to maintain documents with an outline structure. You can use outline mode to work out the structure of a document or web. Especially useful is the ability to hide whole sections of an outline temporarily, so you can work on the upper levels of the structure while not worrying about the lower levels.

1.1. Assumptions

We assume you understand certain emacs basics. For example, C-x means hold down the control key and press x, while M-x means to hold down alt while pressing x.

For general information about emacs, see the companion publication, The emacs text editor.

1.2. Definitions

Each part of an outline consists of a heading line optionally followed by body lines.

  • A heading line is the title of one section of your outline. Heading lines must start with one or more asterisk (*) characters.

  • Any lines that don't start with asterisks are considered to be body lines attached to the preceding heading line.