Having Difficulty with Bullets and Numbering in Microsoft Word
I can't take away all the pain, but we can take away a lot of it. Here's
some tips on dealing without bullets and numbering issues, and how to
Word has a very cool little tool that few people use. Let's get you
intimately familiar with the Format Painter. It's a toolbar button on your
Tip: If your toolbar doesn't look like the
one above, perhaps you should try our
for Microsoft Word.
Numbers Won't Restart Numbering
Well, you can try all you want, but sometimes Restart Numbering is grayed
out! To fix it, just select the previous number's paragraph...the whole thing,
including the paragraph return at the end.
Hit the Format Painter, then select the "bad" paragraph,
including the paragraph return at the end. That'll fix it every time!
Can't Get Bullets or Numbering to Behave
It's not your fault. Microsoft just didn't tell anyone that you
save your settings all the time!
Whenever you begin a new project, clear the settings out.
There's a couple ways to do this. You can choose ToolsàCustomize,
and hit Reset Usage Data. But more than likely, you've forgotten to do that like
I do. So, instead, when you go to use a bulleted or numbered list, go ahead and
reset them all. I did not do anything special to show you the screenshot below.
I just opened Word 2003, and hit FormatàBullets
and Numbering, and there it was, already like it is in the picture. Doesn't look
like the default, does it? Nope!
So I'm going to click on all seven types, one at a time, and hit
the Reset button. This resets them all to Word's original installation defaults,
and I don't get weirded out by all the weird formatting it tries to pick up from
previous documents. If they need to be Reset, the Reset button is available.
Each time you hit Reset, you need to confirm that you want to do so.
When I'm all done, it looks like this. Very different!
Biggest Mistake in Outline Numbering Styles
Everybody uses the paragraph formatting to change these. Wrong!
Use FormatàBullets and Numbering, and hit the
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