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    I have a list of 13 numbered items, with a, b, c, etc for several items. The problem is that, beginning with the number 10, there is a space of about 8-10 characters between 10. and the item. There is a space of about 3 characters from 1-9, which is what I want for 10 and above. Futhermore, the spaces between the 1 and 0 for step 10 are wider than in a step 10 in a previous list within this same document. Obviously, there is some kind of formatting inconsistency going on here. I've looked at the tab settings, margins, and number formatting, and have not found anything yet. Anyone got any advice?

    I looked closely and it is not because the "." after the 10 is where the text item for steps 1-9 would be (if that makes sense). There's about 1 space between.

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    Try moving the tab stop for the relevant paragraphs (or better still, for the numbered style if you use one).

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    The separator between the numbers and the text is most likely a tab. The longer numbers extend beyond the tab position so the text is pushed across to the next tab position which could be half an inch further over if you are using the default tab settings on those paragraphs. To avoid this problem, I always use explicit tab settings where I want tab positioning.

    However, for numbered lists, the best thing to do is ignore the tabs and use the paragraph indenting and first line indent to do what you need since if the first line is further left than the other lines in the paragraph, there functionally a tab positioned at the paragraph indent. Have a look at the paragraph settings for this numbered list and apply a hanging indent of around 1cm.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    In W2007 you can avoid the tab spacing problem by setting the numbers (not the paragraph) to align right, which is like having them align on the decimal point. This option is available in both the single and multilevel numbering schemes when you define new (or modify a list style).

    Pam
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    Thanks, folks.

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