Create lists with AutoFormat or turn it off

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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, a space or tab, then type text of the first item and then press Enter. For example, type 1. First item and then press Enter. Word automatically changes the paragraph into part of a numbered list:
    Numbering with AutoFormat Word 2003
  • At the beginning of a paragraph, type an asterisk (*), a space or tab, then type text of the first item and then press Enter. 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 2003

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

   1.   Click Tools -> AutoCorrect Options....

   2.   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 2003

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