Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Changing the Types of Numbers in a Numbered List.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2016)
When you are working with numbered lists, Word uses Arabic numerals, by default, to number the items. This number is followed by a period. You can change the numbering scheme Word uses to number your lists. Any of the following numbering types can be selected:
|Arabic||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Uppercase Roman||I, II, III, IV|
|Lowercase Roman||i, ii, iii, iv|
|Uppercase Alphabetic||A, B, C, D|
|Lowercase Alphabetic||a, b, c, d|
|Ordinals||1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th|
|Word Numbers||One, Two, Three, Four|
|Word Ordinals||First, Second, Third, Fourth|
|Leading Zeroes||01, 02, 03, 04|
You can also change the type of character that follows the numbered list number. It can be either a period (the default), a colon, or a right parenthesis. You can also specify that there should be no character following the number. To change the numbering type and the character following the number, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Numbered tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
Figure 2. The Customize Numbered List dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1078) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Changing the Types of Numbers in a Numbered List.
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