Creating numbered lists

Numbered lists are created in a manner similar to bulleted lists, except that instead of bullets Word places sequential numbers. This is a very useful feature, because if you add a paragraph in the middle of a numbered list or rearrange the order of the paragraphs in a list, Word automatically renumbers the paragraphs so that they retain their sequence.

To create numbered lists, follow these steps:

    1.    Type your list, and then select it.

    2.    Do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets or Numbering.
    Paragraph in Word 2016
    • You can find different bullet styles and numbering formats by clicking the arrow next to Bullets or Numbering on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group.
      Numbering in Word 2016
    • You can move an entire list to the left or the right. Click a bullet or number in the list, and drag it to a new location. The entire list moves as you drag. The numbering levels do not change.
  • Click the Numbering on the popup menu:
    numbering in Word 2016 popup
  • Type 1. to create a numbered list or * to create a bulleted list. Then press Spacebar or Tab. Word automatically formats the entry as a list item and displays the AutoCorrect Options button (for more details see Create lists with AutoFormat or turn it off) so that you can undo or stop automatic numbering.

    3.    To add additional numbered items to your list, move the insertion point to the end of a line formatted with a number and press Enter.

    4.    Move the insertion point to the end of the last numbered item in your list. Press Enter and then Del, or press Enter and click the Numbering button on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, to turn off the number formatting.

See also Customizing numbered lists.