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Line Numbering

Sometimes the easiest way to assign locations in your document is to enable line numbers. Word has a simple line numbering tool that is easy to use and offers options for setting them how you prefer. The following articles discuss how to view and use line numbers in Word.

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Adding Line Numbers
Many types of documents, such as legal documents, require the use of line numbers to make it easier to identify specific locations in the document. Here's how you can add line numbers to your documents.

Cross-Referencing to Line Numbers
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do cross-referencing to line numbers within a document? Word doesn't have a built in way to do it, but the workaround presented in this tip may provide the cross-references in a limited setting.

Formatting Line Numbers
Legal documents often use automatic line numbering for their documents. If you want to format those line numbers, you can do so by simply changing the style used to display them.

Line Numbering and Tables
Some types of documents (such as legal documents) may require that individual lines of text be numbered. If you use tables to organize the data that appears on the page, you may be surprised when your text lines don't have line numbers. Here's why that happens and some workarounds you can explore.

Numbering Only Certain Lines
Need to add line numbers to a document? Word provides an easy way to add them, but some of the controls that configure how line numbering is done can be confusing. Here's some information that may help to dispel some of the confusion.

Positioning Line Numbers
Line numbers can be added to a document, and is typically done in legal documents. The line numbers appear to the left of each line on a page, and Word allows you to control the distance between those line numbers and the text of the document.

Removing Line Numbering
If you've added line numbers to your document, at some point you may want them turned off. Here's how to disable line numbering.

Setting the Starting Line Number
You are not limited to starting the line numbering in a document with 1. You can, instead, start the numbering at any other value you want. This is real handy when you have multiple documents that need to be printed, in order.

Turning Off Line Numbering
Need to have line numbering turned off for a paragraph or two? You can accomplish the task by following these steps.

 

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