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I found a good article (via Word's help) on how to set up numbered headings using multilevel lists. However, I can't find anything on how to set two different styles to the same level.

For example, suppose I have two styles for headings at the Heading 2 level; they're identical except that one is in a different colour, for situations where I want that particular section to stand out. But it's still at the level of Heading 2, so I'd want it to have the same formatting. Such as:

  1. Heading 1
    1.1. Heading 2
    1.2. Heading 2 other style

In the article linked above you can set each level of the multilevel list to a particular heading style, but there's no ability to select multiple styles.

Is there a way to do this?

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I found my own answer: The trick is to have the new style "based" on an existing style that's already part of the numbering scheme.

For example, if I want to have two styles at the "Heading 2" level, one named Heading 2 and one named Heading 2 Red but both at the same level in terms of numbering, I would do the following:

  1. Follow the instructions linked above to set the multilevel numbering, and set it for Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, etc. Leave Heading 2 Red alone, at this point.
  2. Edit the style for Heading 2 Red and set the "Style based on" to Heading 2. This will have it inherit the same numbering settings (and other settings) as Heading 2.

You can do this for any other styles that you want to have at the same level in your numbering scheme, e.g. a Heading 3 Red style at the Heading 3 level or another Heading 2 Green style at the Heading 2 level.

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Sorry, I mean no insult, but I am a little confused as to what you are asking as I seem to have done it easily.

It seems that, if you select a multilevel list, then select formatting, it will get rid of the multi level list.

However, if you select all the formatting first, then select mutlilevel list, it will preserve the formatting in the list:

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Alternatively, if you reselect multilevel list after choosing formatting, again, it will preserve the order of the list and the formatting.

If I have misunderstood, please let me know.

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I'm afraid I'm not following your example. The question is around associating heading styles with multilevel lists, so that any heading (Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, or a custom style) which is created in the document will automatically be numbered. I don't want to manually apply numbering, even as a multilevel list, I want Word to automatically number the headings for me. But I found a solution, which I'll post in... 7 hours. –  sernaferna Aug 22 '11 at 15:30

You can create different style for the same heading.

If you change the color of a heading, Word automatically creates a version of the heading. You can view the same in the Styles gallery.

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