Adding Visual Structure to Your Writing

Tech Training Video

Program and Platform:

Microsoft Word for Windows (NOT MAC)

Featured Features:

  • Navigation Pane

How-To Tech Description:

Learn how the Navigation Pane works, what it does, and how to format text or Styles to automatically populate the Navigation Pane. Discover the writing and formatting benefits of using the outline built into your document. With the Navigation Pane, the visual structure will help you stay focused and organized—and it will make Tables of Contents and reorganization a breeze! Read this article from our Microsoft Word Features series for more about the connection between Styles and the Navigation Pane.



Revealing the structure of your arguments—and your document overall—is a key part of clear writing for business. Using the Navigation Pane will help improve your macro-level organization. Once you’ve made macro-level improvements to your document, let WordRake help you tackle sentence-level improvement. WordRake is editing software for Microsoft Word and Outlook that will help you edit for clarity and brevity with one click. Try WordRake today!

To learn more about how using the Navigation Pane can improve your process, check out the best practices guide from the Effectiveness Project, which is a global collaboration of legal professionals and document-creation experts.

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Slide6-Mar-01-2022-12-22-09-30-AMAbout Barron K. Henley

Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law (“RPTE”) Sections. Barron heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.


Slide5-Mar-01-2022-12-23-56-35-AMAbout Ivy B. Grey

Ivy B. Grey is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for WordRake. Before joining the WordRake team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. During her decade of legal practice, Ivy was named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area for five consecutive years, and her significant representations included American Airlines, Columbia House, Kodak, and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Since joining the legal tech world, Ivy has become known for her work on technology competence, ethics, and innovation. She has a unique blend of skills and an outstanding ability to synthesize technical, business, and legal information into practical advice and actionable plans. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.