Outline Editing

One of the basic concepts in Tana is outline editing: writing in a tree structure instead of a traditional document.

Rather than being arranged by documents, information is arranged by topic or content. This eliminates the problem of working in files and folders, and separating documents.

It's an entirely new way of writing, and it can take some time to get used to, but it's the fastest way to write and work with your information.

Nodes and pages

At Tanas core, everything is a node, often called items.

The nodes are lines with ⦿ bullets in front of them. It’s a replacement for files and folders, and gives you flexibility and speed.

If it has no content, it'll be a dark bullet, if it has content, it'll have a grey circle.

Nodes can have certain tags and fields that describe them. You can click an item to zoom in and view it as a page. All items in a workspace are shared with your team. The contents of an item are themselves items.

You can give an item a checkbox by hitting ⌘ + Enter. Hitting it multiple times will circle between creating adding a checkbox, checking it done, and returning to the regular item.


A node that is a ⦾ reference, is a live copy of a node.

It's a powerful concept, making it easy to edit the same information from anywhere in the system.

If it's a reference, it'll look dotted, and if it has content its dotted with a dark center.