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I am trying to start a list with the number 1.2.1, but what ever I do, Word keeps resetting the start number to 1.1.1.

I'm selecting the list, right clicking, going to 'Numbering -> Set Numbering Value' and then sleecting 'Continue from previous list' and ticking 'Advance value (skip numbers)'. Word correctly shows me 3 boxes, and it will let me change the list to 1.2.x, or x.2.x (so long as 'x' is not equal to '1'), but setting the boxes to 1.2.1 and clicking 'OK' doesn't change the numbering.

I've tried a fresh document, just in case this is some kind of corruption, but that gives the same results.

Is this a known bug with Word? And if so, is there a work around, as this is messing up my document numbering. Thanks.

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this video solved it (word 2013): – Guillaume Combot Nov 24 '15 at 6:39
up vote 2 down vote accepted

To sort this out, I followed the steps below -

  1. Right click the number
  2. Click 'Adjust List Indents...'
  3. Click 'More >>' (bottom left)
  4. Untick the 'Restart lst after:' option on the right
  5. Set 'Apply changes to:' to 'This point forward' (top right)
  6. Click 'OK'
  7. Right click the number again
  8. Select 'Numbering -> Set numbering value...'
  9. Select 'Continue from previous list'
  10. Tick the 'Advance value (skip numbers)' box
  11. Set the numbers to 1.2.1

Long winded, but it seems that I was unable to do this wihtout following steps 1-6, I guess because Word assumes that you would never intentionally want to start a list at 1.2.1.

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It worked OK for me. I started from a blank document, and clicked Multilevel List in the Paragraph group. Selected the one with lots of levels that go down to Heading 4 and so on. Typed in a few headings, and set them to Heading 1, 2, and 3. If I right-click on the number that I want to change (without selecting anything), following the procedure that you described, I can change a sub-heading number to 1.2.1 instead of 1.1.2.

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What about 1.1.1? Can you cahnge that one to 1.2.1? The others after 1.1.1 seem to work me also, it's just that first one - it's almost like Word is mocking me, saying 'Not a chance, I know it's really the first in the list'! – David Gard Oct 30 '12 at 12:19
Thaks for you input, I have sussed the answer and posted below. Thanks. – David Gard Oct 30 '12 at 12:27

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