Outlines are an important part of writing a well-organized paper. Luckily, creating an Outline in PERRLA Online is easier and more powerful than ever!
How to create an Outline
Once you've created your paper in PERRLA Online, you can create and edit your Outline in the Organize/Outline tab. Here's how:
- Open your paper in PERRLA Online
- Go to the Organize/Outline tab
- Click the row at the top of the Outline section to create your first item
- Type the first row's content
- Press Enter
And just like magic, you've made the first item in your Outline.
Now you can repeat this process by clicking + Add Row Here to create the next item. You could also click the + icon on the first row to create a child row (an indented row) underneath it.
As a shortcut, you can press Shift & Enter at the same time to save the current row and add a new row underneath it automatically. You can also indent a row you are currently creating using the Tab button on your keyboard. Conversely, you can outdent it by pressing Shift + Tab.
If you want to edit an item in your Outline, just click on the row to start editing it. Then press Enter on your keyboard when you're done. If you want to cancel the changes you've made, you can press Esc on your keyboard.
Dragging & Dropping
One of the powerful features of PERRLA Online's Outline Editor is that you can easily drag and drop any of the Outline items around your outline to reorganize it. This makes it easy to play around with your paper's structure and flow.
In addition to moving your Outline items, you can also drag Research Notes into your Outline directly from the Research Notes section. This means you can organize both your ideas and the ideas you gathered from your research.
Using the Outline in a Paper
Once you've created your Outline, you can use view and use it while writing your paper in the Editor tab.
Click Outline in the menubar or click the Outline tab in the side panel. There you'll see a read-only version of your Outline that you can add to your paper. You can add the entire outline to your paper or you can drag and drop each outline item individually. Or, you can use it as a guide while you're writing.