I need to know where to find and how to use something similar to the outline view like in Microsoft Word?

  • The outline view was also available in Office 2007, afaik
    – Anwar
    Sep 14 '12 at 16:55

LibreOffice Writer does not have any feature that is exactly like the outline view in MS Office 2010 (only Impress has that), but you can still use the Navigator, which is much more useful in my opinion.

To open it, just go to View>Navigator in the menu or press F5.

When you first open the Navigator it will be a floating Window. FloatingNavigator

If you drag the window to one side of the LibreOffice parent window, it will offer to dock the floating Navigator window.
Integrated Navigator

To make it float again if it's docked, hold ctrl and double click on the Navigator (in any non-button area), and it will pop out again.

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    The most important feature of the outline mode is not to see the structure of a document, for that you could just insert a TOC. The most important feature of the outline mode is to design a document starting at defining the most important topics and then adding subtopics and sub-subtopics and finally adding the content. It is an invaluable help for a well structured document. Nice explanation though.
    – runlevel0
    Sep 23 '19 at 13:35
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    That's just not true. Navigator is just worthless compared to MS outlining. I've been trying to get the openoffice/libreoffice team to include it for 10 years, but I just gave up trying. The problem is that office/navigator users have never used MS outline mode and do not understand it. It's not just about the view but about collapsing text in a section, and many other features that Navigator DOES NOT provide. Navigator is nothing even close to the power that MS outline mode provides. Mar 12 '20 at 16:36

There is a 3rd-party extension for LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) called Organon.

From the ReadMe on Gitub:

Organon allows to split up large texts into parts, allows tagging and opening parts of the project in new tabs.

  • Parts are shown in a treeview. Entries can be moved by drag and drop.
  • Every entry can be tagged.
  • Tags are freely configurable, can be renamed, created and deleted. Organon's Organizer is a fast way of showing and editing all tags at once.
  • Tabs can be opened based on these tags. They also might freely be chosen from the folders and files of the project and they might be sorted by date and/or time.

More information is available at the link, above. The author also has a blog/roadmap available with a commenting facility (there is also an issue tracker at Github).


No outline view yet in LibreOffice Writer, but many interested users - take a look at Bug 68167 ! On the other hand, LibreOffice Impress does have a basic but usable outline view.


As of version 7.2.0 (and perhaps even 7.1.0) , LibreOffice has an Outline View. It should be accessible on the menus: View | Outline.

See also:

  • The help page for Outline View.
  • The feature request page discussing the implementation: Bug 38093.
  • on Ubuntu and I don't see it. Last comment on bug says 7.2.0. Aug 20 at 17:47
  • @GringoSuave: There were patches supposedly targeting 7.1.0. Edited to qualify my statement.
    – einpoklum
    Aug 20 at 21:01

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