Word 2016 - Autonumber table cells

Stephen Kairys
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I wish to autonumber the cells in the first column of a table in the attached doc from 1 to xx.

As per the link below, all I need to do is to select the 1st column and click the Numbering icon; however, the #s do not appear.

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/Number-the-cells-in-a-table-a71b7d7b-ee2d-4a4f-9b8b-d971756c1b39

What am I (or Microsoft's directions) missing?

Thanks,
Steve
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You haven't done anything wrong, you just can't see the numbers!

Select the first column and make it wider wider. Then adjust the paragraph indent settings to move the numbers to the left!

Once this is done, readjust the column width.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - Consultant

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Hmmm...
I made it wider but:
1. The two-digit #s are truncated to the right. Even if I right or left justify.
2. I seem to have only once chance to enlarge the col. by dragging the right border to the right. I can't do it a 2nd time.
3. The 2nd (Chap) column becomes only one character wide, so that (for example) "Chap" appears as:
C
h
a
p
4. Btw, the numbering starts with my heading row. How can I start it on the true first row?

Workarounds?
Thanks!
I understand - but you should use the ruler marks at the TOP to widen the first column and the others will not be affected!

Also, to get precise help, it is always good to specify the OS and Office versions you are using. For example, I'm giving you information from a Win10 64bit with MSOffice 2010!Width
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Please excuse me - I realized that you DID put the word version in your question title - so sorry about that! :-(


>> 4. Btw, the numbering starts with my heading row. How can I start it on the true first row?

select the first row and click on the numbering icon to remove it - the other lines will renumber automatically
WordTableAutoNumber.docx
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No worries. And I did not mention Windows version. :)

All is good, except that I cannot get the "line numbers" to right-justify. e.g.
8,
9.
10.
s/b
 8.
 9.
10.

No big deal as this table is for eyes only, but just curious... :)

Thanks.
OK - like this?

If you select the numbered cells and click on the numbering function (the little arrow), now select Define New Number Format, under Alignment, select Right and click on OK.
WordTableAutoNumber.docx
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - Consultant

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Nice! Funny thing is that after I mistakenly exited the menu with Alignment and went back in, Define New Number Format appeared without selecting Alignment.

No matter, it worked! Thank you and apologies for the delayed reply.

Steve
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Paul,
Thanks again!

Closing thought: This rather technical discussion is for a rather non-technical project...writing a novel. :) I wanted to edit my 82 chapters in random order, so I used an application I found online to shuffle 1 - 82 into random order.

I then inserted into the table, but needed to have row numbers to track my progress...e.g. how many chapters have I reviewed? :)

Have a great weekend!
Steve
Well Steve,

Good luck with the novel!
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:) Thanks, Paul!

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