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 2007
  • 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 2007

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

    1.    Click the Microsoft Office Button ms office button , and then click Word Options.

Word 2007 Options

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

Proofing Word 2007

    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 Word 2007

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