I'd like to copy the contents of a Google Docs automatic topics outline, the titles/headings that can be shown on the left of a document for navigation.

I'd like to manually edit it, use it as the basis for a checklist/progress tracking document.

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You can pretty much do this by inserting a table of contents, and copying that.

I.e. the Google Docs "Insert" menu has "Table of contents" entry, and its "With blue links" choice is the same as the topic outline, except that when the structure of your document changes, you need to manually update the table of contents by clicking it and then clicking the refresh icon.

  • Thank you! I missed this, perfect solution.
    – villares
    Jul 18, 2022 at 0:14

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