This article shows you how to use headings to structure a SciFlow document and organize chapters through the use of various levels of subchapters.

The Main Chapters (H1) and their Subchapters

Its chapters determine the structure of every SciFlow document. That means every main chapter - that is, a first-order heading (H1) - displays a crucial element in form and content. That is why chapter titles are emphasized through a gray background, while paragraphs and subheadings are visually framed when selected.

These chapters or H1 themselves can be dissected further into four levels of subchapters/subheadings (H2 - H5), thus giving you the option to structure a document through the H1 and also within them.

The hierarchy of the subheadings is descending, which means a lower number represents a superior heading level. That is also reflected in the document outline and the positioning of icons shown in the screens left-hand margin.

Adding New Headings

Adding headings takes place on the two different levels discussed above:

  1. Adding a new chapter (H1)
  2. Adding a heading within a chapter (H2 - H5)

Adding a chapter (H1)

Add a new chapter above or below each existing chapter by selecting the [+] icon at the desired position.

After adding a new chapter, you can either start writing running text or further partition the chapter into subheadings.

Adding a subchapter (H2 - H5)

A subchapter can be added anywhere within the running text of an existing chapter by using the context icons on the left-hand margin of the editor. By selecting any of these buttons, you are shown a context menu with all possible properties to choose for the respective paragraph.
Please note, that you can not add an H1 within a chapter or turn another subheading into an H1. To convert a subheading into a chapter of its own, create a new chapter (Adding a Chapter (H1)) and transfer the desired content into that chapter.

Be careful to pay attention to the logical progression of your subheadings, since it is bad practice to skip a level of subheadings while sequencing them. SciFlow will show you a warning within the document outline in the side bar if this should be the case.

Deleting a Chapter

You can discard a chapter by clicking the respective icon next to the chapter title. Afterward, a menu with further selections regarding the roles of the chosen section will open up. You find the option to delete the corresponding chapter in the upper right corner of the opened menu in the form of a trash can symbol. Be careful when deleting chapters, since this action removes all underlying content within that chapter containing all subheadings.

Chapter Options

SciFlow offers you to access further options in editing your chapters to structure your documents on a deeper level. Our main goal is to provide you with the right environments and templates to relieve you of the formating process altogether. But sometimes further information is needed to structure a document in a certain way. Therefore these additional chapter options allow for a more profound intrusion into the underlying built of a SciFlow document. But no need to worry, in general, this menu won't be necessary for the writing experience in SciFlow.

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