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How do I turn off automatic bullets or numbering in Word?
Posted by on 24 February 2012 02:29 PM

Note: These instructions are for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses—not students.

By default, if you type an asterisk or a number 1., Word recognizes that you are trying to start a bulleted or numbered list. You can turn off the automatic list recognition feature. Note: When formatting test questions in Word for Respondus, do not use Word’s automatic numbered lists feature.

Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 (PC):

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Proofing.
  3. Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  4. Under Apply As You Type, select or clear the Automatic bulleted lists check box or the Automatic numbered lists check box.
  5. Click OK.

Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011 (Mac):

  1. Click on Tools in the menu, and click AutoCorrect Options
  2. Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  3. Under Apply As You Type, clear the Automatic bulleted and numbered lists check box.
  4. Click OK.

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