The MLA Handbook tells us that an outline gives you an overall view of your paper and helps you figure out how each section of your paper relates to the others. Outlines help you develop your paper because you can see the logical progression of your argument or thesis.
You'll find the outline function on the right panel of the Notecards screen. The outline panel can be minimized if you aren’t working on an outline and . Click the small arrow button in the top-right corner to minimize or maximize the panel.
If you need more space for the outline, there is a gray “handle” between the tabletop and outline panels that can be dragged left and right to devote more or less horizontal space to the outline. This can be useful if you are writing longer phrases as your outline topic titles, rather than just keywords.
How To Create an Outline
When you begin a new outline, you’ll find the words topic and subtopic already in place.
You can delete these default words if you wish. Or, you can edit them by simply double-clicking on them and typing your own terms.
When you finish editing, either press Enter or click outside of the edit box to save the changes.
To Add a Subtopic under an existing topic (e.g., add subtopic “1” under topic “A”), select the topic and then do one of the following:
To Add a Topic at the same level as an existing topic (e.g., add topic “B” under topic “A”), select the existing topic and do one of the following:
NOTE: Clicking Add with no outline item selected will add a top-level (I, II, III, etc.) item.
How To Reorder Outline Topics
You can reorder your topics and subtopics by dragged them to another location in your outline. Try the following ways to move a topic:
How To Delete a Topic From the Outline
To delete a topic from the outline, select it and click Delete or right-click on the item (long-press on an iPad) and choose Delete from the menu.
Deleting a topic in your outline will delete all of the subtopics under that topic, so do this carefully!
A powerful feature of the outline in NoodleTools is that you can link notecards to topics in your outline.
To begin, drag-and-drop a notecard from either the Notecard Tabletop view or the Notecard Detail view (using the drag handle in the upper-right corner of the notecard) onto a topic in your outline. Notice that the example below shows you the Notecard Detail view.
If you want to move an entire notecard pile into an outline topic, you can also do that from the Notecard Tabletop view. Dragging a notecard pile into the outline will add all of the notecards within that pile to the topic in your outline.
Moving a notecard into your outline does not remove it from the Tabletop or Detail views; it only associates the notecard with the topic in the outline. To distinguish notecards from topics and subtopics, notecards are represented by a small notecard icon, as shown below:
On the Notecard Tabletop, notecards that are linked to at least one outline topic are marked with a checkmark in the upper left, as seen below:
Once a notecard is associated with an item in the outline, you can move it around in the outline by dragging it onto a different topic in the outline. Or, to remove it from the outline, drag the notecard out of the outline back onto the tabletop area (or select it and click Delete).
To edit a notecard in your outline, simply double-click it.
You can export and print your outline with or without notecards. NoodleTools supports the following options:
How To Print Your Outline Without Notecards:
How To Print Your Outline With Notecards
Unless specified otherwise, highlights, formatting, and images in notecards will be exported along with the outline.