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I'm a long-time WordPerfect user trying to learn more about Word 2007 since so many of my clients and students use it. One problem I've run into is that I create a lot of outlines in WordPerfect (I., A., 1., a., etc.). These are so easy to do - simply go to the Insert menu, select Outlines/Bullets, and pick the style I want. The outline is started, and each time I press enter the next line numbers automatically. If I want to indent the level, I just press TAB and it indents, correct number/letter and all. To return to a higher leve in the outline, I press SHIFT-TAB. The next section is numbered correctly automatically.

I've found nothing as easy or comparable in Word. If I click the multilevel list button, the first item is in a bold and larger font, but doesn't number automatically - i have to type in the number. If I press enter, no auto number. When I tab, no number. Plus, I have to tell the software what heading level to use for each line.. This seems ridiculously complicated to me. Can someone point me to a tutorial, or does Word even have that same capability.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Hello,

what you describe above for WordPerfect is exactly how it works in Word, too. If this is not how Word responds for you, check the outline numbering settings. It looks as if they have been customised to differ from the default. Make sure not to use one of the outline numbering options that have "Heading" in their list.

You can easily create your own customised outline numbering systems, with the Customize button.

cheers, teylyn
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by:Limozine
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thanks for the info...it seems the reason I couldn't get it to work is that I was trying to use one of the "other" lists, not the "default" list. The "default" list does, in fact, work as you say, out of the box. However, since I use the "I. A. 1. a. 1)" outlining convention I was unable to make that particular outline work as described. I'll have to work on it some more.
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