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Q. How can I disable auto-numbering in Microsoft Word? I’ve looked in Preferences as well as the Bullets and Numbering palette but can’t find the option.
A. Automatic formatting in Word is on by default. While it’s intended to help organize your work automatically, it can be frustrating when you want to turn it off and don’t know where to look.
The solution is in the menu bar under Tools > Auto Correct > AutoFormat as You Type. Under the heading Apply as you type, deselect Automatic numbered lists (Figure 1).
Figure 1. You can easily turn Microsoft Word’s AutoFormatting features on and off via Tools > AutoCorrect.
While you’re there, see if there are other options you might want to turn on or off, such as automatic bullets and hyperlinking URLs.
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