The FS Pro 2013 Outline pane


The FS Pro 2013 Outline pane allows you to

  • view the structure of the Maps, Blocks, and tables within your document, as well as any Information Type attributes that have been assigned them, 
  • navigate to a Map, Block, or table, as an alternative to scrolling through the document, and 
  • identify style or structure errors in your document so they can be resolved, particularly prior to publishing to a Web page or XML file.

How to use the Outline pane

The table below describes the ways to use the Outline pane.




The Outline pane

  • provides a listing of the Maps and Blocks 
  • indicates where there are tables in a Block, and 
  • indicates if an Information Type attribute is assigned to a Map or Block.


The Outline pane allows you to quickly navigate to any part of the document by simply clicking on the Map, Block, or table listed in the Outline pane, rather than having to scroll through pages and pages of the actual document.

Style and Structure


The Outline pane validates the style and structure of a document. If a style or element is invalid, the item shows up in red on the Outline pane (ignore the little red 'i's that just mean an Info Type was not chosen ... it is not an error).

Example: The example below indicates that the Table Text in the Block on “Refreshing the Outline pane” is invalid. Note that the associated error appears at the bottom, just under the Outline pane.

Showing the Outline pane

The Outline pane is set to automatically display on the left side of the screen whenever FS Pro 2013 is attached. If it does not automatically appear, select Show Outline of the Advanced ribbon group.

Resolving document errors shown in the Outline pane

As indicated previously, invalid styles or elements show up in red on the Outline pane (ignore the little red 'i's). In the example above, the Table Text in the Block on "Refreshing the Outline pane" is invalid. The reason is that the "Refreshing the Outline pane" Block does not contain a table, but the content of the Block has the Table Text style. This may have been caused by copying and pasting table text into a Block and not changing the styles.

To resolve invalid styles in a document, highlight the contents of the Block (or other element) that is invalid and select the appropriate style from the Styles drop-down menu of the Formatting ribbon group in the FS Pro 2013 tab. In the example above, you must change the Table Text style to Block Text.

Other types of errors may also be shown in the Outline pane. For example, if a Map directly contains a table that is not in a Block, then that table may be marked as invalid since it is not inside a Block. Fixing such an error may require cutting/pasting the errant table inside an existing Block, or creating a new Block and then cutting/pasting the table into that new Block.

Note: The reason for an error appears just below the Outline pane when you have selected one of the red errors in the Outline pane.

Reminder: After resolving errors, you may have to click Refresh at the top of the Outline pane to see the updated status.

Refreshing the Outline pane

As you add, update, or delete Maps, Blocks, tables, and Information Types and fix errors in a document, it might be necessary to refresh the Outline to reflect those additions, changes, and/or deletions.

To refresh the Outline pane, select Refresh at the top of the Outline pane.

Hiding the Blocks and tables in the Outline pane

The arrow to the left of each Map or Block allows you to hide and expand the tables under each Block and/or the Blocks under each Map. Click on the right corner pointing arrow to hide the tables under a Block or the Blocks under a Map, and click the right pointing arrow to expand the elements again.

Moving the Outline pane

To move the Outline pane

  • select Move from the Task Pane Options drop-down menu of the Outline pane (Result: The Move cursor appears at the top of the Outline pane.) 
  • use the Move cursor to place the Outline pane where you want it to display on the screen, and 
  • once you have the Outline pane the where you want it, click to lock the Outline pane in place.

Resizing the Outline pane

To resize the Outline pane

  • select Size from the Task Pane Options drop-down menu of the Outline pane 
  • use the Resize cursor to resize the Outline pane, and 
  • once you have the Outline pane the size you want it, click to apply the size change.

Closing the Outline pane

There are a number of ways to close the Outline pane:

  • from the Advanced ribbon group, deselect Show Outline 
  • from the Task Pane Options drop-down menu of the Outline pane, select Close, or 
  • from the top corner of the Outline pane, click the X icon/Close.
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