RE: A Word autonumbering/PDF problem

Subject: RE: A Word autonumbering/PDF problem
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:24:37 -0400

Good news, Tony! You can indeed create multilevel lists in Word 2003:

So if you had troubles in the past with indentations in Word 2003, it
might have been the same cause (and solution) as in Word 2007.

The word "corrupt" gets thrown around a lot when we talk about Word. But
when the solution is in an obscure, fifteenth-level, badly documented
dialog box, I wouldn't call that "corruption" -- I'd call that "typical
MS auto-farkting." I don't consider a document corrupt if there's a menu
command that will fix it.

Having said all that, I try to avoid style-based numbering. I use
ListNum, AutoNumLgl, and SEQ fields whenever possible.

(Extra credit: For more on the etymology of auto-farkting, see

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Chung
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 11:47 PM
> To: TECHWR-L Writing
> Subject: Re: A Word autonumbering/PDF problem
> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Tony Chung
> > I can't even save the paragraph dialog with the initial values it
> > opened with. This is a sure sign of data corruption, or a background

> > update, maybe even to Internet Explorer, somewhere. I wouldn't doubt

> > that Tracy's friend's problem is related.
> >
> Sure enough. When I updated the Multilevel list styles and
> assigned them to my Heading styles, my problem went away.
> Tracy's friend may want to check the formatting of the styles
> that don't get numbered as PDF bookmarks. Assuming the use of
> Word 2007, this feature has been buggy, but at least fixable.
> I never found this feature in Word 2003, but styles and
> indentation went corrupt all the time.
> To open the Multilevel list gallery, click the third
> numbering button in the Ribbon under the Home tab. There
> buttons are labeled in order on the default toolbar. Bullets,
> Numbering, and Multilevel lists
> The only way to modify the outline numbering style is to
> choose Define New Multilevel List in the bottom menu.
> Clicking a style in the List library applies that numbering
> style to the currently selected paragraph.
> I haven't found that adding new list styles to the list
> library reduced the problems I was having with numbering. I
> guess I'm just anal as I continue to clean up my library when
> I update a Multilevel list.

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