Navigate documents quickly and easily with the outline tool in Google Docs

March 10, 2016

Google is making it easier to navigate lengthy, complex documents with an outline tool in Google Docs on the web and Android.

Displayed in a pane to the left of the page, the outline features headers for each section of your document, making it simple to quickly jump from section to section. If you haven’t manually applied headers, no worries—we’ll do it for you, intelligently detecting the logical divisions within your work. You can then edit or remove these headers as necessary.

This launch will also allow you to move through documents on your Android phone or tablet at fast speeds. When you begin scrolling on your mobile device, a small navigation handle will automatically appear. Touching that handle will display the entire document’s structure, allowing you quickly skip from section to section, instead of slowly swiping up and down.

To surface an outline in your document, click Tools > Document outline in Docs on your computer or select Document outline from the overflow menu on your Android device.

Source: Google Apps Updates