Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating Numbered and Bulleted Lists
Automatic lists and what to do about them
Word creates automatic lists for you whether
you like it or not. To see what I mean, type the
number 1, type a period, and press the
spacebar. Word immediately creates a numbered list.
In the same manner, Word creates a bulleted
list when you type an asterisk (*) and press the
Some people find this kind of
behind-thescenes skullduggery annoying. If you are one
such person, do one of the following to keep
Word from making lists automatically:
Click the AutoCorrect Options button — it
appears automatically — and choose Stop
Automatically Creating Lists.
On the File tab, choose Options, select the
Proofing category in the Word Options
dialog box, and click the AutoCorrect
Options button. On the AutoFormat As You
Type tab in the AutoCorrect dialog box,
deselect the Automatic Numbered Lists
and Automatic Bulleted Lists check boxes.
Book II
Chapter 2
Constructing lists of your own
If you’re an individualist and you want numbered and bulleted lists to work
your way, follow these instructions for choosing unusual bullet characters
and number formats:
Choosing a different numbering scheme: On the Home tab, open the
drop-down list on the Numbering button and choose a numbering
scheme. You can also choose Define New Number Format. As shown in
Figure 2-9, you see the Define New Number Format dialog box, where
you can choose a number format, choose a font for numbers, and toy
with number alignments.
Choosing a different bullet character: On the Home tab, open the
dropdown list on the Bullets button and choose a different bullet character
on the drop-down list. You can also choose Define New Bullet to open
the Define New Bullet dialog box, shown in Figure 2-9, and click the
Symbol button to choose a bullet character in the Symbol dialog box
(Book I, Chapter 2 describes symbols). The dialog box also offers
opportunities for indenting bullets and the text that follows them in unusual
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