Numbered lists

To start a numbered list, do one of the following:

  • Click the Numbering button. Numbering button
    The Numbering button will apply the most recently-used numbered list style.
  • Right-click and choose Bullets and Numbering. Click the Numbered tab. Select a style from the gallery and click OK.

To continue the list and create a new item in the list:

  • Press Enter.

    Word creates a new paragraph and continues the list formatting from the previous paragraph.

    To add space between the entries in a list, do not press Enter twice. Instead, choose Format → Paragraph and configure Paragraph formatting to include space before and/or after the paragraph.

     

To finish the list and turn bullets off:

  1. Press Enter at the end of the last item in the list.
  2. Click the Numbering button to stop the list. Numbering button
While you can press Enter a second time to turn a list off, it is not a good practice as it adds a blank, empty paragraph to your document. Instead, use the Numbering button to toggle a list on and off.
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