Resuming the numbering scheme of a previous list (97/98/2000)

Word's Bullets And Numbering feature enables you to create numbered lists and outlines by formatting lists for you automatically. You can apply list numbering using the Bullets And Numbering command on the Format menu, the Numbering button on the Formatting toolbar, or the AutoFormat As You Type feature's Automatic Numbered Lists option.

Occasionally, you might wish to include an unnumbered line or paragraph between list items. For example, you might want to follow item number 3 in your list with an unnumbered paragraph offering detailed information about that item. To do so, you'd press [Enter] to begin a new line and then turn off Word's automatic list formatting temporarily by toggling the Numbering button. At this point, you can type whatever you want and Word will refrain its automatic numbering. When you're ready to continue your list, press [Enter] to begin a new line and then click the Numbering button to resume the previous list's numbering scheme.

Unfortunately, when you interrupt a numbered list with an unnumbered paragraph, Word assumes you're beginning a new list when you turn the Numbering button on again. In other words, it would apply the number 1 (or A, a, I, i, etc.) to the current paragraph when you toggle the Numbering button. If you'd like to continue the previous list rather than begin a new one, choose Format | Bullets And Numbering from the menu bar. Select the Continue Previous List option button and then click OK. When you do, Word resumes the numbering sequence of the previous list, in addition to the same numbering scheme, without affecting your unnumbered paragraph. For example, if your previous list contained items numbered 1, 2 and 3, the continued list would begin with item number 4 instead of 1.

Created Date: 12/11/2001  Last Reviewed: 12/11/2001  Rev. Date: