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Autonumbering headings in Office Word 2007

February 17th, 2009

Turning on autonumbering for headings in Word 2007 has puzzled a good many people. I have been looking for a way to make my headings automatically numbered for some months now.

Today, I looked further into the issue and finally found the solution.

Step 1.
Open the normal.dotm template. Enter the text as shown in the image below. Do not use the headings at this point. Instead, type it in and format it the way you would like the headings to appear.

headings_word2007_1

Step 2.
This is actually the part that I overlooked first.

Select all your text. Click the multiple-level list button and choose the list that has heading in it. In the picture below, it's the option that is enlarged. It says kop because I'm using the Dutch version of Word 2007.

headings_word2007_2a

Now, you need to tell Word that you want multiple levels - not just 1 level.

Click the multiple-level list button. There's an option that lets you change the level of the list item. For each heading you want to create, change the level.

headings_word2007_2

Step 3.

The last step. Select each heading and then right-click the corresponding style button in the ribbon and select "update style to selection". That may not be the exact wording (again, I'm on a Dutch copy of Word) but it should be the first item in your list. Check the image for further help.

headings_word2007_3

Do this for all your headings. Save the template and press ctrl-n to start a new document. Your headings will be autonumbered.

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