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The numbering above was generated via Home > Paragraph > Numbering or Multilevel List (I cannot remember which).

This comment suggests my fault in failing to number correctly; so I am trying to delete all numbers simultaneously before I select Multilevel List this time.

Per the screenshot above:

  1. when I right-click on the numbering, the Cut option has already been faded and cannot be clicked.

  2. left-clicking the numbering turns it grey, but pressing Delete on my keyboard deletes only 1. Inefficiently and agonisingly, I had to repeat pressing Delete to delete each number.

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Select the range of numbers (and text if there is any for each number) and click the Numbering button, and it will turn off numbering.

The numbers themselves are special text with predefined rules and margins, separate from other text. That's why you can't copy or cut just the numbers, they're "locked in" in a way, with a toggle button to turn them off and on.

[Update from further comments below]

If your selection includes non-numbered text, then the Numbering button won't appear activated. If you click it anyway, it will make the whole selection numbered, and then if you click it again, everything will be un-numbered. (If anything winds up with an extra indentation, press the Decrease Indent button next to the Multilevel List button.)

You could also select only the text that is numbered and then click the Numbering button to remove the numbering. Non-congruous selecting might benefit you there (Ctrl-clicking instead of Shift-clicking).

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  • Sorry, but this does not appear to resolve my problem. After I clicked 'Numbering', only the first number disappeared: this disappearance equals 2 in my post above.
    – NNOX Apps
    Apr 6 '16 at 22:54
  • Are you clicking on the numbers themselves? Instead you should be just highlighting the range of text, then pressing the numbering button. Like this: link
    – etudes
    Apr 6 '16 at 23:19
  • Thanks. Your screenshot helped! But this approach only deletes the numbering in paragraphs? When I highlighted the entire range of my Word document that contains Tables, the 'Numbering' button was no longer activated and so could not longer be pressed.
    – NNOX Apps
    Apr 7 '16 at 1:02
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    If your selection includes text (or tables) that are not numbered, then the Numbering button won't appear activated. But if you click it anyway, it will make everything you have selected numbered, and then if you click it again, everything will be un-numbered. (If anything winds up with an extra indentation, just press the Decrease Indent button next to the Multilevel List button.) You could also select only the text that is numbered and then click the Numbering button to remove the numbering. Non-congruous selecting might benefit you there (Ctrl-clicking instead of Shift-clicking).
    – etudes
    Apr 7 '16 at 6:52
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    Glad to hear it! I have updated my answer with that info.
    – etudes
    Apr 10 '16 at 19:34
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I discovered another solution:

  1. Highlight all text, tables, and material to be deleted, using 'SHIFT'.

  2. Then proceed to Home > Paragraph > Multilevel List > List None. Clicking List None should remove all numbering. Notice that I refer only to Multilevel List and not Numbering, because I saw the following admonition on Shauna Kelly's website (but please correct me if it is wrong):

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