Re: Word Bullets and Numbering

Subject: Re: Word Bullets and Numbering
From: "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 07:38:12 -0400

Greg Thompson wrote:

They don't seem to be. They just seem to be a by product of a corrupted
word doc.
What I think may have happened is this:
I made a change to a word style ("para") that was variation of the
normal style used by most paragraphs in the doc. I retroactively applied
this style to all object in the doc that used it. Two of those object
included bulleted and numbered text, which were not styled as such. The
previous writer just applied the "para" style and clicked the number or
the bullet icon on the Word menu bar to create a bulleted or a numbered
list . Consequently, I think when I made a change to the "para" style
used by the bulleted and numbered list, I eliminated all the bulleted
and numbered lists that used the para style.

Another problem: As I attempt to fix this issue, I seem to be creating
different versions of the "para" style and would like to stop doing

In short, I want my bullets and numbers to work correctly and to stop
creating new "para" styles.

I am using Word 2002 on Windows XP Professional.

If anyone can help me, I promise will never use Word for a long doc
again J

What you have is mis-tagged styles and local formatting applied in your document. This is not "corruption" and has nothing to do with Word; it could happen in any WP/DTP program.

Here's what I would do:

For the body text, create a new style for body text. Apply the new Body Text style to all body text.

For the numbered lists, I'd create a new style called List - hanging indent, no numbers. Apply the new List style to all your numbered lists and type the numbers manually.

For the bulleted lists, I'd create a style called Bullet (with a bullet) and apply it to all the bulleted lists (Word seems to be able to handle bullets in a style definition, but not numbers).

169 pages? not a problem; you posted this yesterday evening; you could have had it done by now :-)

Frankly I have given up on autonumbered lists in Word. The last time they worked the way I expected was Word 6. And I'm saying this with some knowledge - I used to be pretty handy with VBA and the list object model. I know about SEQ fields. I have tried all of Steve Hudson's magic (that he has shared). And still, I have given up on autonumbered lists.

Mike O.


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