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Auto Formatting in Word

Ever experienced this problem?  In Word if you type 1 at the beginning of a sentence, pressing the Enter key will take you to the next line and the number 2 will automatically appear.

Word’s insistence on automatically creating a list if a number or symbol is typed at the beginning of a sentence can be frustrating.  As you may have noticed, Word automatically makes changes once it senses a pattern in your list.  This auto-formatted text can become tedious to change when you want to begin a sentence with a number or bullet point without beginning a new list.  Here is a simple solution.

If you wish to turn off Auto Formatting in Word 2007, click the Office button (if using Word 2010, click the File tab), Word Options, and Proofing; click the AutoCorrect Options button; select the AutoFormat As You Type button; remove the checkmarks from the Automatic Bulleted Lists and Automatic Numbered Lists, click OK, and click OK again.

If you are using Word 2003, click the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect Options, choose the AutoFormat As You Type tab; remove the checkmarks from the Automatic Bulleted Lists and Automatic Numbered Lists, and click Apply.

The feature can easily be turned back on if needed by following the steps above and clicking to replace the checkmarks that were removed.

No more automatic lists in Word!

For additional information about the BOSS Program, contact Becky Jones at 972-238-6215 or bjones@dcccd.edu.