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Turning Off Automatic Lists in Microsoft Word

February 6, 2006

One of the more annoying things about Microsoft Word occurs when you enter text that Word thinks should be a bulleted or numbered list. Word indents the content and places a bullet or number series at the beginning of it. In addition, Word assumes the next paragraph will be part of the same bulleted list.

If and when Word does this, you may cancel the formatting by immediately pressing CTRL+Z. If you want to turn off the automatic formatting altogether, follow these steps:

  1. From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect Options. A dialog box appears with several tabs. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  2. Remove the checkmarks from the Automatic Bulleted Lists and Automatic Numbered Lists check boxes.
  3. Click OK.
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