Outline Content Visibility

Hide and show all content under headings, including text, images, tables, frames, shapes, and textboxes.

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This feature is experimental. It is believed to be stable, but unexpected or unreliable behavior is possible.

To enable, choose - LibreOffice - Advanced and select Enable experimental features checkbox., then still in Options, choose LibreOffice Writer (or LibreOffice Writer/Web) - View, and select the Show outline content visibility checkbox.


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  • In Navigator (F5) (for Headings in Content View)

  • With mouse (on a heading)


Use this feature to selectively hide and show content under all paragraphs that have a non-zero outline level (commonly called headings and subheadings). In LibreOffice, a heading is a paragraph with an outline level from 1 to 10, where 1 is the highest level and 10 the lowest. For example, a paragraph with outline level 3 would be a sub-sub-heading of a paragraph with outline level 1. This feature can be used to selectively hide and show content for a single heading, or for subheadings relative to a chosen outline level.

Using Outline Content Visibility with Navigator

In Navigator, all commands are shown in the context menu for Headings and items under Headings. Use right-click anywhere in the Content View window to open the context menu for the selected item (including the Headings icon), then choose Outline Content Visibility, and one of the following commands, depending on what is selected.

Hide content for all headings

Headings icon is selected. Right-click and choose Outline Content Visibility - Hide All.

Headings Icon

Headings icon

Show content for all headings

Headings icon is selected. Right-click and choose Outline Content Visibility - Show All.

Hide content for all subheadings, relative to an outline level

Heading with subheadings is selected. Right-click and choose Outline Content Visibility - Hide All to hide all content until the next heading at the same outline level.

Show content for all subheadings, relative to an outline level

Heading with subheadings is selected. Right-click and choose Outline Content Visibility - Show All to show all content until the next heading at the same outline level.

When content is hidden for one or more (but not all) subheadings, then the context menu for a higher level heading will show both Show All and Hide All.

Hide or show content under a single heading

For selected heading, right-click and choose Outline Content Visibility - Toggle

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The commands change whether content is shown in the document. They do not change what is shown in Navigator. For that purpose, use - and + (or arrow) signs or Collapse All / Expand All in context menu for headings.


Using Outline Content Visibility with Mouse

Over a heading

Press the Ctrl key. Place mouse over (or close to a line with) a heading.
(Arrow in left margin gives visual cue.)

When mouse pointer image changes to hand pointer, the following commands are possible:

Arrows in left margin

Place mouse in left margin next to a heading. (Arrow appears if content is shown.)

Customized Control

For additional control, the following commands can be added as a button to a toolbar, an item in a menu or context menu, or a shortcut key.

Saving Your Configuration

Documents saved in .odt format will retain the current configuration of hidden and shown content. Note that changing content visibility does not modify the document. If you change visibility after saving a document, then you must save again to preserve the visibility changes.

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