An outline is a good way to start thinking about the structure of your paper or project. Dragging notecards into the outline allows you to start thinking about where your facts and evidence will be used. The right panel of the Notecards screen is reserved for your outline. The outline panel can be minimized if you aren’t using or working on an outline and you would like additional space to manipulate your notecards on the tabletop. Cli
Alternatively, 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 items in the outline
By default, the outline is hidden in both the Tabletop View and Detail View. To display the outline, check the box next to "Outline" in the upper-right corner. When you begin a new outline, you’ll find a sample topic and subtopic already in place.
You can delete these default items if you wish. Or, to edit these existing items, simply double-click on the title (Topic or Subtopic) in the outline (or on an iPad, long-press the title and select the option to edit the title from the menu). When you finish editing, either press Enter or click outside of the edit box to save the changes.
As you are creating your outline, you will be creating both “siblings” and “children” of existing outline items. Siblings of item “A” would be “B”, “C, “D”, etc. -- they are at the same indentation level and are subtopics of the same “parent” topic in the outline. Children of item “A” would be “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, etc. – they are subtopics of item “A”, indented right.
How to add a new topic or subtopic to the outline
To Double-click on the ones titled "Topic" and "Subtopic" and rename them to what you want. You can also right-click (or on an iPad, long-press) on a topic and select "Edit" from the menu, or single-click to highlight a topic and click the "Edit" icon in the outline's toolbar.
To add a subtopic under an existing topic, right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on a topic and select "Add subtopic (child)." A new subtopic is added under the selected topic, and you can then title it.
To add a topic at the same level as an existing topic (e.g., add topic “B” under topic “A”), right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on a topic and select "Add subtopic (child)." A new subtopic is added under the selected topic, and you can then title it.select
How to reorder outline topics
Any topic (along with its subtopics) can be dragged to another location in the outline. Try the following ways to move a topic:
How to delete a topic from the outline
To remove 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!
How to link notecards to topics in the outline
A powerful feature of the outline in NoodleTools is that you can link notecards to topics in your outline. Later, you can begin writing a draft of your essay by exporting your outline and notecards to a word processing program. You can also print your outline with your notecards included (see “How to export or print your outline” below ).
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 a view-selected notecard) onto a topic in your outline.
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).
Double-clicking a notecard in the outline will open the notecard for editing.
How to export or print the outline
You can export and print your outline with or without notecards. NoodleTools supports the following options:
Important note: If selecting an option above does not generate the file, be sure that your browser does not have a pop-up blocker enabled that would prevent a new window from opening.
Click Submit to create the new file. To print, open the resulting file in the applicable word processor and use the application's Print command.
How to print only your outline
How to print your outline with notecards
Unless specified otherwise, highlights, formatting, and images in notecards will be exported along with the outline.
1. On the Print menu in the Outline panel, select Outline with notecards.
2. Select your export format.
3. Select notecard items to print, as seen below. By default, all notecard items will all be included. Unmark the checkboxes next to any elements that you wish to omit.
4. If you selected Web page, the outline with notecards will open in a new window. You can use your browser’s File > Print to print the outline.
5. If you selected Word Online, it will prompt you for your office 365 account (if you are not logged in already), and open a new Word online document with your outline and notecards.
6. If you selected either Word or RTF, the file will be automatically downloaded to your desktop. Open it in Word or other word processor. In RTF format, the notecards will be exported as plain text and images will be omitted.