Create Numbered Lists: MS Word 2000

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Similar to bulleted lists, numbered lists can be created either before or after you create a list of information using MS Word.

For example, you can either:

  • Click the Numbering button to toggle numbering on, and then type the list
  • Type a list, select it, and click the Numbering button to toggle numbering on.

You can also create an automatic numbered list on the keyboard. Type a number and a period and then press Spacebar or Tab at the beginning of a paragraph. When you press Enter at the end of the paragraph, the numbered list is automatically created.

Numbers are automatically added to the beginning of the paragraph, and left and hanging indentation is applied. But the wonderful thing about Word's numbering feature is that if you delete or rearrange the items, the numbers are automatically reordered for you. To end the list, press Enter twice.

Manage Numbering

Like bulleted lists, numbered lists can be customized from the dialog box.

  1. Choose Format | Bullets and Numbering and click the Numbered tab. Choose one of these numbering schemes and click OK, or continue with step 2.
  2. Click Customize. This reveals the dialog box. Here is where you control the numbering scheme, the number to start with, and the indentation or size of the font.
  3. Click OK several times to make your choices and apply them to the paragraph.

The new style of numbering appears at the beginning of the paragraph.

Note: Does it annoy you when Word converts your paragraphs into numbered lists and indents them for you? Well luckily, you can turn off this feature. Choose Tools | AutoCorrect and click the AutoFormat As You Type tab. Click to remove the check from Automatic Numbered Lists.

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