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Does anyone know how to change the default numbering style of Word 2010.

I want to be able to click the list number icon and the numbering to start at the left margin and the numbering must follow how the company wants it.

I can create a multilevel numbering but cannot get microsoft to set it as the default.

How can I change the default numbering of Word 2010?
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have you tried:

You define the bullet style as you would any other.
Pick your custom bullet and apply it to a paragraph along with what ever other formatting you want, ie indenting.
Display the Styles task pane
make sure the cursor is in the para with the formatting for the new style, on the bottom of the style pane is there are 3 buttons, click on the left most one, New Style to display the Create New Style from Formatting dialog
give your new style an appropriate name
look at the check box options at the bottom of the dialog, make sure to select the New Documents based on this template option
click on OK to save your new style.

from:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-word/how-do-i-change-the-default-bullets-in-word-2010/8b36d9e3-44a1-4e1b-abc9-d57254c82950
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by:GDene
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Thank you for your information

It will save as a new style and I can select that from the stylelist but when I click the list numering icon it still goes to the last number style chosen.
It will not apply the list style I have created.

Getting the list number icon to offer my customized list style first is my challenge.
I want it to be the default if the person does not use the drop down to select something else.

I am thinking of writing a macro to select the specific list style so it is the most recent number style used.  If I save the macro as autoopen and autonew it will run this each time.

This is not my preferred choice.
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Stacy Brown earned 500 total points
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You cant' count on the buttons on the Word Home ribbon.  Depending upon when you click them and what you've been doing in Word that day, the numbering options will change.  If you really want to set a default here your best bet would be to replace those buttons on the ribbon with a style button that inserts the first level of the numbering scheme that you have saved in a global template or the Normal.dotm.

The only sure way to have a default numbering scheme that is stable is to use styles.  You can create a multilevel list and then assign each level to a style.  Save these styles and the list to your global template or normal.dotm and use the style task pane or style gallery to insert them.  

See Shauna Kelly's article here for more:   http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/numbering/outlinenumbering.html

Here is a MVP article that shows one of the big problems with the numbering buttons:  
http://word.mvps.org/faqs/numbering/NumberingExplained/ApplyingNumbering/NumberingButton.htm
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by:GDene
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Thank you for confirming this.
Its just so disappointing that Word 2010 does not accommodate changing the default numbering style.  Making the users select from the list each time to make it the current numbering style each time.
The best for me is to use my vb skills and create a msi to install a exe addon that swops Microsoft buttons with mine linked to the correct default style.
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