In Word 2013, you can collapse the contents except the part you want to focus on.  Or you think the contents might be overloading with too much information, you can display summaries and read the details if you want.

Add an outline level

The ability to collapse and expand content is based on the outline level.  You can quickly add an outline level and make parts collapsible by adding a heading.


After applying the heading style, you will see a triangle when you move the cursor over the heading.  Click the triangle to collapse the body text and subheadings and click the triangle again to expand that part.


To collapse or expand all the headings

To collapse or expand all the headings, right-click at the heading and then click Expand/Collapse > Expand All Headings or Collapse All Headings.


Collapsed by default

When you reopen a document, the headings will be expanded by default.  If you want the document to open with the headings collapsed, please follow below steps:

  1. Move your cursor on the heading.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the dialog box launcher.
  3. Click the checkbox Collapsed by default.
  4. Click OK.