by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 26, 2013)
Many people like to use the Numbering tool, on the Formatting toolbar, to create numbered lists in a document. When formatting your list, the tool assumes that you are working with lists that have only a few items in them. If you have lists with many, many items, then they may not look right when you view items that have two or three digits in the number. For instance, there may be very little space between a two-digit list number and the start of your text. It may be even worse if you have list items that use three digits.
If you want to change the way that spacing is handled between list numbers and the text in the list item itself, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Numbered tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
Figure 2. The Customize Numbered List dialog box.
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