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    List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    I need to get a document formatted for printing tomorrow, but it's fighting me every step of the way.

    The document contains a number of numbered lists, separated by all kinds of other text. However, the alignment of the tabs and bullets is not at all what I want (Word's default looks really bad to me).

    I tried defining a custom style, but the numbering always continues from one list to another. Even though "Restart numbering" is ostensibly selected (but greyed out) in the Bullets and Numbering dialogue.

    I tried redefining the default list styles (List, List Bullet, List Number and List Continue), but when I apply these, the numbering continues from one list to the next. If I select "Restart Numbering" on the Bullets and Numbering dialogue, when I click okay, not only does the list return to Word's unwanted default, IT ALSO RESETS THE LIST STYLE TO THIS DEFAULT!

    Any tips would be welcomed as salvation!

    Paulius

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    Re: List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    Paulius
    maybe <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=wrd&Number=37122&page=3&vie w=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&part=all&vc=1>this post</A> will help... it's long but it may be better for you to start over than keep fooling around and getting deeper and deeper... especially since you need it tomorrow...
    have fun

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    Re: List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    Though it might already be too late for you for use this time, a simple way of doing this is to use the LISTNUM field.

    {LISTNUM NumberDefault l 7 } will give you a number in the style 1. Change the last number to any value from 1 to 9 to see the various forms it can take.

    Copy the field to wherever you want the number to increment.

    Whenever you want to restart numbering, enter {LISTNUM NumberDefault s 1 l 7 } to get the numbering to restart. The number following the s switch indicates the number with which to restart.

    Legal style numbering or outline numbering are also supported as switches which take the place of "NumberDefault".

    Enter the curly braces using Ctrl-F( rather than typing them in.

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    Re: List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    Too late to help you this time but you may want to look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Numbering/WordsNumberingExplained.htm> Word's Numbering Explained</A> (mvps.org/word/FAQs/Numbering/WordsNumberingExplained.htm)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/CreateATemplatePart2.htm>How to Create a Template, Part II</A> (mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/CreateATemplatePart2.htm)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/numbering.htm>Legal Numbering</A> (addbalance.com/usersguide/numbering.htm)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsystems.com/fra_sevenlawsofoutlinenumbering.htm>Seven Laws of Outline Numbering</A> (microsystems.com/fra_sevenlawsofoutlinenumbering.htm)

    The following are discussions on the Microsoft newsgroups on numbering:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&th=9e790fa7ed2886b3,18&i c=1> Nightmare on ListNumbering Street</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&th=811287ebce8fc203,15&i c=1> The Joy of Lists</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&th=2350746054c838e,12&ic =1> Relinking ListTemplates</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&ic=1&th=2168093ed1c9eaed ,6&seekm=muq2hs47vabsq381ngrm7fdmqj4s2e4ab2@4ax.co m#p> Outline numbering: restart doesn't restart</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&ic=1&th=3a351382011420bf ,5&seekm=RXz39CAcCC$4Iwap@syntagma.demon.co.uk#p> Format Doesn't "Hold"</A>
    (above list compiled by Dave Rado, Word MVP)
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&ic=1&th=bce07d7714769f5c ,6&seekm=531301c0eff3$8b23bb40$a5e62ecf@tkmsftngxa 07#p> Latest Numbering Discussion</A> See especially posting #3 which contains Dave Rado's concise instructions for setting up heading numbering.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    Thank you for everyone's tips. I'll be looking into them in depth over the next couple of days, for next time.

    In the end, I found that I had to abandon using Styles for numbering my lists. Instead, I formatted one list the way I wanted it, which appeared to set one of the formats in the Bullets and Numbering dialogue. I could then use this dialogue to set the numbering for future paragraphs, being careful not to touch any of the styles.

    Hopefully my reading of the proferred reference material will help me devise a better strategy for the future.

    Thanks again,

    Paulius

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    Re: List numbering is driving me insane! (2000)

    Hi Paulius,

    Without properly using styles for your list numbering you will continue to have maddening problems. Sorry, but this one is just not easy.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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