Problems with bullets in tables and text disappearing

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One of my customers has a document (currently .doc) and he has the following problems with it: "On page mirroring onto another page in the table section of document
-          Black out rows appearing on the screen as I scroll up and down the screen and the page finally blacks out. " Secondly "bullet points etc and in the alignment of contents with the table. In some cases the information typed doesn’t move to the next page and appears to “fall off the page”.
Any ideas what could be causing that.  I have had a look at the document and there are a lot of carriage returns in the table itself and I wonder if that is what is causing the problem..
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Falling off the page could be just that he needs to split the table. Or, check the properties. Right-click the table > Table Properties > Row, is the box ticked to "allow row to break across pages"?

Regarding the blackout, that sounds like a display issue, specifically something related to memory. Has he rebooted recently? I know that sounds insincere, but I see similar here in various programs and it's usually related to memory. A reboot always fixes it for me.

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He says alright that a reboot usually fixes it so maybe an upgrade to his machine? I will check the table thing as well. What are your thoughts on the bullets in a table issue? Any suggestions on good practice?
I don't know. I need more information about what exactly this means:

" Secondly "bullet points etc and in the alignment of contents with the table. In some cases the information typed doesn’t move to the next page and appears to “fall off the page”.
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Regarding an upgrade to fix the blackout display issues, it could also be that he just needs to shut down some of the stuff running in the background. Outlook is usually a source of memory hog for me. Or at least it seems to be.

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Will pass that on. I did check the table and yes, it is ticked. The attached document is typical of what is required. So just looking for some tips/pointers on how to keep the bullets tidy
EE_Review.docx
Sorry, I don't mean to be dense, but I don't even see any bullet points in that file. But if you're typing everything into one tall cell, that's going to be harder to keep straight.

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I was not clear enough. I meant actual numbering i.e. point 1 followed by (a), (b), (c). At the moment in the attached document that is done manually but I was wondering if there was a way to do this using the multilevel list feature.
EE_Review.docx

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Following on my previous comment. Is there a way (in a Word table) to create  a format as follows:
1. (a) Main point
     (b) Sub-point (the (b) to be automatically generated)
     (c) Second sub-point to be automatically generated as well.
Obviously with the indents lining up correctly... :-) I've committed the cardinal sin here of using the spacebar.
Thank you as always.
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Yes, you can do this by setting level 1 in a multi-level list to use number style "1." but append a manual tab character and an "a)" to the formatting.  To use a tab in the "Enter formatting for number" you need to copy and paste a tab from your document. Then set level 2 to use number style "a,b,c" and set it to start at "b". NB need to indent level 2, using "aligned at".

If you link the two levels to styles "Heading 1" and "Heading 2" and then set those styles to the same font and size, you should get this:

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Image4.jpg  Image5.jpg
If you then modify the "Heading 1" style (right-click it in the Styles Gallery") so that the style for the next paragraph is set to "Heading 2" you automatically get the list you want.
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Thank you both. Always appreciate the value of the expertise here.

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