Header numbering is fine for the first 3 levels.

1.2 2


But, my level 4 headers are not of format A.B.C.D - only D, where D starts at 1 and increments throughout the document, not resetting when higher header levels are encountered.

E.g, if I were to add a level 4 at the end of the example shown,I would expect it to be, but I see only 1.

I have searched and tried things such as this, but they are all very complicated.

Is there a simple way to fix my problem? MS Office pro 2016, if it makes any difference.


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    It looks as if you need to select “Heading 4” in the “Link level to style” dropdown
    – user1079414
    Sep 12, 2020 at 10:59
  • That, combined with @Emily's answer solved it. Thank you so very much :-) Sep 13, 2020 at 11:11

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Could you check whether the level 4 shown correct in Define new Multilevel list? The first 3 numbers should include level numbers form level 1, level 2 and level 3.

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If the settings are OK, but the issue still persists, please put the cursor after level number, press Left arrow (←), then press Ctrl+ Shift+ S to open Apply Styles, make sure it use a correct style.

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  • Still not working, sorry. I added a screenshot to the question. Thanks for your help so far Sep 11, 2020 at 12:34
  • As per @Yokki's comment "It looks as if you need to select “Heading 4” in the “Link level to style” dropdown", when combined with your answer, it works! Thank you extremely much Sep 13, 2020 at 11:12

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