Fix numbered lists and bulleting so they work correctly and don't just do whatever they want! WORST feature in Word!!!
Numbering has always been the most poorly implemented Word feature. Numbers change randomly and Word often won't allow me to correct its own numbering mistakes. Indents change on their own, for both numbering and bullets. It even makes changes in my templates or won't obey formatting set up in templates. In short, the numbered list and bulleted list functions are GARBAGE and have been this way for years without ever getting fixed; they need a COMPLETE TOP-TO-BOTTOM overhaul.
Bevi Chagnon | PubCom.com commented
From a user...
Look at www.ShaunaKelly.com's tutorial on Word bullets and numbering. Shauna was one of the top Word consultants, trainers, and Microsoft Office Specialists before she passed away. Her work on this topic is superb and will resolve the problem you're having.
Visit https://shaunakelly.com/topic/word/bullets.html for her detailed tutorial. You'll want to create a "list style."
I fully agree, especially when transferring documents between users for reviews etc. I find that all of the headings, bullets and numbered lists get corrupted. the only way to do it seems to be to get it right, then when the document is agreed for publication, update any cross-references (and convert them to text), also the ToC and then type all numbering in as standard text. The automation is useless for critical documents.
Lee Batchelor commented
At least we know MS will do absolutely nothing about it unless you're talking about Word 2016, and even then, they only look at a small percentage of issues.
The rest of us are wasting our time bitching about crappy code in any earlier versions. I don't know why they don't just rename this forum to: "How can we improve Word 2016 for Windows? The rest of you are screwed because we don't care and already have your money, so get lost!"
I thought I was doing something wrong! I have a document template that has several hundred boiler plate text comments that I use for my job. I go through and make lists
Then I save it.
The next day, all of my indents are gone and my lists read
This is a joke.
Lee Batchelor commented
Have you ever wondered why when you make changes to a numbered style through the Modify Styles dialog box, the damn indents don't stick?? That's basic code for crap sake. Common MS address this NOW!!!! Either your code writers are thick or just don't care. We're not asking for a fix to a bug that occurs once every billion times Word is opened. This is as common a tool as the bold font! Get on with it!