The Paragraph content panel has functions to manage outlines, and the Layout content panel give easy access to change the slide layout.
@Jay, I agree that having access to Paragraph and the Layout panels would be helpful when in Outline mode.
Folks should be aware that this is about which controls (content panels) are exposed in the the Properties deck of the Sidebar. Where now it displays only the Character content panel when in Outline mode.
To encourage use of styles over direct formatting, might this rework be better handled implemented from (or at least including) the Style & Formatting Sidebar deck?
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #1)
> To encourage use of styles over direct formatting, might this rework be
> better handled implemented from (or at least including) the Style &
> Formatting Sidebar deck?
Impress doesnt have paragraph or character styles, it only has textbox-level styles called 'Presentation Styles' which is a mix of character, paragraph, bullet, line, and area properties defined at the master slide level. When in outline view, a user can only modify text in textboxes with presentation styles of Title, Subtitle, and Outline X, based on the slide layout the slide has.
Was testing the Styles & Formatting deck in outline view and it doesnt update the properties of the presentation styles according to which slide is selected and keeps the properties according to master slide of slide 1. Likely another bug to file. :D