4 Simple Ways to Cancel Automatic Numbering in Your Word

In Word, automatic numbering feature can sometimes be annoying for those who don’t want it. In this article, we will introduce 4 ways to cancel it in your Word.

Automatic numbering is a very helpful and time-saving feature in Word. That is, if you type a number “1.” and text, and then press “Enter”, Word will automatically insert the next number in sequence. However, this feature in Word can sometimes be maddening when you don’t want it. Fortunately, this feature can be easily turned off. To do it, you can use the following 4 method as we shall soon see.

Method 1: Delete Them Manually

Typically, we will delete the auto-numbered lists manually after you press “Enter”. That is, to remove it for the current paragraph, you can immediately press “Backspace” right after the automatic numbering is applied. Alternatively, you can press “Enter” again after the auto-numbering is applied to the current paragraph.Delete the automatic numbered lists manually

Method 2: Press “Shift+Enter” Instead of “Enter”

Generally, we press “Enter” to start a new paragraph. This will create automatic numbered lists for your paragraph. However, if we can also cancel it by pressing “Shift+Enter” instead of “Enter”. Yet, this method comes with indentation of the first line. This means you need to adjust to make your paragraph the way you like.

Method 3: Undo Auto-Numbering in Current Document

If you would rather not apply auto-numbering in your current document, you can disable this feature by the following method:

  1. After you type a number and hit the space bar, there appears “Autocorrect Options” button on the left. Auto correct option
  1. Click the drop-down arrow. And then select “Undo Automatic Numbering”.Select “Undo Automatic Numbering”

Method 4: Stop Automatic Numbering for All Documents

The above 3 method will cancel automatic numbering for the current paragraph or document. However, you can also set Word to turn off the this feature permanently. An this will apply to all of your Word document.

  1. Click “File” and then click “Options”. Click “Options”
  1. In the following dialogue box, switch to “Proofing” page. And then click “AutoCorrect Option”.Click “AutoCorrect Option”
  1. A pop up window will appear. Under the “AutoFormat As You Type” page, click the tick in the “Automatic bulleted lists” and “Automatic numbered lists” box. Finally, click “OK”.Deselect “Automatic bulleted lists” and “Automatic numbered lists”

Be Mindful of Word File Corruptions

As we can see, Word tries to be helpful by automatically applying formatting to your document. However, you can also set Word to make your document look exactly how you like. And for such frequently used software like Word, it is hard to think of anything worse than losing your data on your Word document. Therefore, it is of vital importance to take hold of a powerful external tool to recover word in times of data disasters . This tool is capable of scanning your corrupted file, as also carrying out a quick Word recovery.

Author Introduction

Kelly Zhao is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including excel recovery and pdf repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

3 responses to “4 Simple Ways to Cancel Automatic Numbering in Your Word”

  1. Wow, wonderful blog format! How long have you ever been blogging for? you make running a blog look easy. The overall glance of your website is excellent, let alone the content material!

  2. This does not work. both Automatic bulleted lists and Automatic numbered lists are NOT checked, yet the dam thing keeps auto numbering, which I DO NOT WANT!

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