More than you really wanted to know about Microsoft Word lists
If you are working in Microsoft Word versions 2000 onwards then making a numbered list is very simple but, as is usual with Word, there are a number of ways to do it!
I will describe the basic way here as it always works
Create a new sequenced list
Before or while typing the first line of your intended list, click on the icon on the Formatting toolbar and your text will be indented and given the first in the number sequence, i.e. 1.
Continue with the first line and hit Enter at the end and the second list item in the sequence (2.) is started, and so on and so on
When youve completed you last sequenced line it will, as above, give you the next however if you then hit Enter without entering any text, sequencing will stop.
Numbering an existing list
If you have a set of lines already typed that you want to number, then select them and click on the icon in the Formatting toolbar and the selected set will be sequenced.
Adding lines into a sequenced list
To insert or add lines to a list position the cursor where you want the insertion to occur and simply hit Enter and an empty line will appear in the list correctly sequenced that you can then type into. All the items below the inserted line will be resequenced!
I have referred to sequences above rather than numbering because lists can be labelled with 1. 2. 3., 1), 2), 3) , a. b. c., a), b), c), A), B), C), i., ii., iii. etc. and other sequences and a number of different bullet symbols.
To change the sequence, select the list you have made, or started, and Right-Click the mouse and a menu including Bullets and Numbering will pop up.
Select that option and a set of tabbed panels allow you to change the sequence used, remove sequencing altogether which is worth playing with to try different styles.
Changing start point
We usually want to start a list at 1 or a or i but if you need to start at say 1999 for a year list then using the same Bullets and Numbering select customise and fill in a box showing the start value to use. [That option also allows you to adjust layout if you want]
Also you may cause a list to start with say 4. rather than 1. if this is not what you want there is a restart numbering button that reset a selected table to start at 1, (or a., i. etc.!) or if you want a list to carry on a sequence from an earlier list then continue previous list will start with the sequence following the last list in the document.