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Use Smart Tags in Word 2007 to Resume Numbered Lists

One of the more frustrating tasks in Word has is trying to continue a numbered list when it gets broken. In Word 2007 you can use the smart tags to easily continue the numbered list.

In this example you can see how the numbered list is interrupted by a table.

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When you are ready to start the next item in the list, click on the Home tab on the Ribbon, and click the Numbering button.

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Within your document, you’ll see the smart tag. You can click on it and select “Continue Numbering”

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If the smart tag isn’t showing up, you can also right-click on the number and select Continue Numbering from the context menu.

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Now your numbering will continue from the previous point.

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This feature saved me quite a few times when writing documents for work.

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  • Published 06/26/07

Comments (1)

  1. Clive

    You’d think that MS could have got this right by now.
    I’m attempting to write a technical document with screen shots mixed in.
    I select some text lines and make them numbered.
    I then select the next set of text lines and make them numbered
    I get one of the following outcomes:-
    The numbers continue on (yippee!)
    The numbers reset (seems every other set I convert to a list)
    The lines convert to a heading (why?????)

    It’s so unpredictable other than the fact that I always know it’s going to do something stupid.

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