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I started a new Word document and directly started an numbered enumeration like this

  1. first
  2. second

Now I am unable to insert something before the enumeration, I can only position the cursor in front of "first", but not before the "1". So, how can I insert text before the enumeration? Thanks for any hint!

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Word 2010 doesn't do that, and that's what I have. So, I'm not able to test my theory.

Put the cursor in front of first, and press enter. That should give you

  1. first
  2. second

Put the cursor back to the right of 1., and hit backspace. You should end up with a blank line and your original list.

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ah thanks, I somehow forgot I could just delete the new 1 ;-) I am on Word 2007, but your theory worked :-) –  stefan.at.wpf Nov 13 '11 at 16:52
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