Microsoft Word: How to connect numbered lists

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q. I have a numbered list in a table format, and I want to continue that numbered list outside of the table; is there an easy way to do this?

A. In Microsoft Word, you can connect a subsequent numbered list to a previous numbered list by selecting and right-clicking the second list and, from the resulting pop-up menu, selecting the Continue Numbering option, as suggested in the image below.

This option will connect your numbered lists, even if one of the lists is contained within a table and the other is not. Thereafter, adding or subtracting bullet items anywhere in your list will automatically renumber the remainder of the list.

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About the author

J. Carlton Collins (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

Note: Instructions for Microsoft Office in “Technology Q&A” refer to the 2007 through 2016 versions, unless otherwise specified.

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