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    Default bullet indent (2007)

    In previous versions of Word you could modify a bullet style, setting both the bullet symbol used and the indents. (See screenshot below from Word 2003. You get to this from the Customize... button in the bullets and numbering dialog.) In Word 2003, my bullets by default now come out the way I want them.

    In Word 2007, I can find no way to set the default indentation of the bullet. You can select the paragraph after bulleting it, and get the bullet at an indent of zero, which is the way I want it, but by default bullets still come at 0.63 cm (or a quarter inch) from the margin. There is a dlalog to select from a library of bullets and you can add a new bullet, but that only allows you to change the bullet symbol, not the indentation of it. Is there no longer a way to change the default indent? (And is this improved useability?)

    (I know I could define a style the way I want it, but it is an uphill task getting the family member who is the one using Word 2007 to engage with styles.)

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    Re: Default bullet indent (2007)

    You can't set the default indent for bullets in Word 2007 except by using styles - yet another example of "dumbing down" in Office 2007.

    You might reinstall Office 2003, or teach your family member to use styles...

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    Re: Default bullet indent (2007)

    I'll (try to) teach her to use styles.

    You would think that a more advanced version would have more facilities not fewer, but common sense doesn't seem to have anything to do with it.

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    Re: Default bullet indent (2007)

    Microsoft appears to have concentrated its efforts on making the user interface for Office 2007 easier to use for absolute beginners, sacrificing convenience and flexibility for more advanced users.

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    Re: Default bullet indent (2007)

    That's understandable in some respects, but they could still provide ways of doing more advanced stuff for those who want or need to.

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    Re: Default bullet indent (2007)

    Many people (including me) agree with you, and there must have been lots of protests during the testing phase of Office 2007, but that hasn't had any influence. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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