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Microsoft KB Archive/172764

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Article ID: 172764

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q172764


SYMPTOMS

When you make changes to any of the tab or indent attributes of the List Number or List Bullet styles, those changes may be lost when you close and restart Word. This problem occurs even if you selected the Add to Template option in the Modify Style dialog box (on the Format menu, click Style, and then click Modify.)

CAUSE

This functionality is by design. The bullets and numbering feature in Word is dependent on the tab and indent attributes of the List Number and List Bullet styles. If the tab or indent attributes of these styles are changed, the bullets and numbering feature may work incorrectly. To prevent this from happening, Word resets the tab and indent attributes to their default settings every time you restart Word.

WORKAROUND

Create and use a custom style instead of the List Number styles.

For more information about creating a new custom style, click Contents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Help Topics: Microsoft Word, type the following text

styles, creating


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "creating and editing" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.

MORE INFORMATION

The built-in styles that exhibit the above problem are:

  • List Bullet
  • List Bullet 2
  • List Bullet 3
  • List Bullet 4
  • List Bullet 5
  • List Number
  • List Number 2
  • List Number 3
  • List Number 4
  • List Number 5


REFERENCES

For additional information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

157844 WD97: Format of List Style Unexpectedly Removed

157868 WD97: Custom Style Based on List Number Style Drops Numbering



Additional query words: change format indent level multilevel outline spacing

Keywords: kbnumbering kbprb KB172764