Creating a multilevel list

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Multilevel lists can contain numbered lists and bulleted lists. Automatic lists are a handy feature because if you add a paragraph in the middle of a numbered list or rearrange the order of the items in a list, Word automatically renumbers the paragraphs so that they retain their sequence.

To create a multilevel list, 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 the Multilevel List button:
    Multilevel List in Word 365

    You can find different styles by clicking the arrow next to Multilevel List on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group:

    Multilevel lists in Word 365
  • Create a numbered or bulleted list (see Creating bulleted lists and Creating numbered lists) and then:
    • Press Tab - Word indents a level in the list
    • Press Shift+Tab - Word outdents a level in the list:
    Multilevel list 1 in Word 365

    Note: If Word does not work as you expect, it doesn't indent and outdent a level of the list, it can be because of this feature is turned off. See Tabulation or next level in the numbered list.

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

Multilevel list 2 in Word 365

   4.   To stop entering items in the list, do one of the following:

  • Press Enter as many times as many levels you have in the current position plus one. For example, for the simple numbered list, you need to press Enter twice; for the example above, press Enter three times:
    Multilevel list 3 in Word 365
  • Press Enter and click the Multilevel List button on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, to turn off the formatting.

See also Customizing multilevel lists and How to turn off automatic creation of bulleted and numbered lists.

Note: More details are available in the Multi-level lists section in the Work with bulleted, numbered and multi-level lists lesson of the Create basic documents free course.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer une liste à plusieurs niveaux.

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