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OmniOutliner (Mac Only) | Savvy Tech Tips

December 14th 2006

OmniOutliner (Mac Only)

Computer: Mac • Level: Novice

Macs come loaded with all sorts of neat and virtually unknown programs. One such program is called OmniOutliner. If you’ve got a later version of OS X, you’ll likely find some version of this program in your Applications folder.

As you might guess, OmniOutliner, is a—surprise—outliner! omnioutliner.jpgBy learning its simple fundamentals you can quickly create project outlines, paper outlines, and lists of things to do.

Using the program is a snap. By default, a new file opens when you open the program.

Once you get the program open, you can type in the name of your list, paper, or project. If you hit return, you’ll create a second item in the outline. It will show up at the same level as the above item. If you select an item (click the black dot on the left), you can nudge the item one level to the right by hitting the “tab” key. Likewise, “Shift-tab” moves and item to the left. In this way, you create levels in your outlines and lists.

And that’s all there is to the basics. Elegant and simple, yet incredibly powerful. For more complex applications of the program, experiment with adding columns and take a look at the help file in the program. I use OmniOutliner to keep track of moderately complex projects, quickly write article outlines, and organize training seminar content.

Enjoy!

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