How do I create a simple outline-style numbered list?

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Checked.png Checked for technical accuracy Psjlisa 18:10, 12 June 2010 (UTC)


How do I create a simple outline-style numbered list?



The instructions below show how to create a subject outline such as this one


I. Hound Group (First -Level Heading)

A. Beagle (Second -Level Heading)
  1. 13 inch variety (Third -Level Heading)
  2. 15-inch variety (Third -Level Heading)
B. Greyhound (Second- Level Heading)

II. Toy Group (First -Level Heading)

A. Chihuahua (Second -Level Heading)
B. Toy Poodle (Second -Level Heading)


  • Place the cursor where you want your outline to start.
  • Select Format > Bullets and Numbering. The Bullets and Numbering dialog box is displayed.
  • Click on the Outline tab in the dialog box.
  • Click on the preferred outline format. Click OK. A floating context menu appears.
  • Click on the right hand side of the floating context menu to choose Bullets and Numbering again.
  • Click on the Numbering type tab in the dialog box.
  • Choose and click on the preferred numbering type (in a traditional outline, choose the roman numeral format, which is the fourth choice on the top row of numbering type choices)


The roman numeral “I.” now appears at the insertion point. To create the outline:


  1. Type the first First-level Heading text of your outline at the insertion point. Press Enter
  2. The second First-level Heading number appears. To turn this into a Second-Level Heading, press the right arrow in the floating context menu.
  3. Type your first Second-Level Heading text. Press Enter
  4. The second Second-Level Heading will appear. To turn this into a Third-Level Heading, press the right arrow in the floating context menu twice.
  5. Type your first Third-Level Heading text. Press “Enter
  6. Continue as in steps 1 – 5, using the right and left arrows to promote or demote headings to the desired levels.


Tip.png Using the Backspace or Enter to change the formatting of the outline can lead to trouble. Instead, to format the list further, use Format > Bullets and Numbering. In the dialog box, you can use the Position tab to vary the space between the letter or number and the text. Use Format > Paragraph to vary the space between lines.



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