Create lists with AutoFormat or turn it off

You can create standard numbered and bulleted lists by typing in a way that triggers the AutoFormat feature to apply list formatting.

Do one of:

  • At the beginning of a paragraph, type a number, a separator, and then a space or tab. For example, type 1. and then a space or press Tab. Word automatically changes the paragraph into part of a numbered list:
    Numbering with AutoFormat Word 2016
  • At the beginning of a paragraph, type an asterisk (*) and a space or tab. Word automatically changes the asterisk to a bullet and applies a hanging indent to the paragraph. You can also type a hyphen (-) and a tab at the beginning of a paragraph to create a "bulleted" list that uses hyphens as the bullets:
    Bullets with AutoFormat Word 2016

You can turn off AutoFormat creation of numbered and bulleted lists. Follow these steps:

    1.    On the File tab, click the Options button:

Word 2016 options

    2.    Choose the Proofing tab, and then click the AutoCorrect Options... button:

Proofing Word 2016

    3.    In the AutoCorrect dialog box, choose the AutoFormat As You Type tab, clear the Automatic bulleted lists check box and the Automatic numbered lists check box:

AutoCorrect in Word 2016