Wrong tool. To outline LyX documents you need VimOutliner 
(http://www.vimoutliner.net). Much faster outlining, much more useful 
outlining. Then, when your outline is done, you can convert it to LyX. 
Attached is the conversion tool I use, along with a sample level-environment-
table file. It spits out LyX code out stdout, you capture that in a file, and 
paste it into a dummy LyX file. That gives you your outline in the proper LyX 

I've used VimOutliner to outline the following books:

* Troubleshooting Techniques of the Successful Technologist ( > 100,000 words)
* Manager's Guide to Technical Troubleshooting
* Rapid Learning for the 21st Century
* Troubleshooting: Just the Facts
* Learn Vim Tonight
* Quit Joblessness: Start Your Own Business
* Thriving in Tough Times ( > 85,000 words)
* My new so far untitled book due in May ( > 100,000 words)

VimOutliner's the only outlining tool I've seen fast enough to keep up with my 
mental activities, so I never forget an idea while messing with my outliner. I 
can't imagine outlining a book using any other software.


On Wednesday 13 April 2011 10:26:47 Chris Hulme-Lowe wrote:
> Hello LyXers,
> I'm trying to use LyX to outline a paper I'm working on, and though
> I'm generally very satisfied with the way it works I'm coming across
> one little problem. When I open the outline window LyX cuts off all of
> the names of my sections, subsections, and paragraphs after 38
> characters. Does anyone know if there's a way to allow the outline
> window to print out more characters? Moreover, someone I've been
> corresponding with through a LyX user forum has suggested that this
> might be a bug. Is anyone aware of whether it is indeed a bug, or just
> a setting somewhere in the program?
> I'm running OSX Leopard (10.5.8) and LyX 2.0.0rc2.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
> Chris Hulme-Lowe
> University of Minnesota
> Department of Psychology

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