Numbering plus line spacing in Word 2007 does not work

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Numbering plus line spacing in Word 2007 does not work
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March 2, 2010
March 2, 2010 - 11:15 am

This is what I tried to do, using Word 2007:
1) Type an instruction list of five actions to be followed, pressing <enter> after each complete action.
2) Select the list and click the Number button on the "Home" ribbon toolbar.
3) Result: my list is now correctly numbered 1 thru 5, and indented.
4) But I now decide I need to add 3 points line spacing between lines 1 thru 4 to improve legibility.
5) So I select them, expand the Paragraph button, and enter 3 in the appropriate Spacing (After) box.
6) Click OK.
7) Result: nothing happens. There is no spacing added between the lines.

I often performed the identical steps with the old Word 2000 toolbar and got the exact result I wanted - numbered and spaced.

I've also tried adding the spacing to lines 1-4 before numbering them. The 3 points appeared, but as soon as I clicked the Number button they were removed and replace by unspaced numbered lines.

I tried the Bullet button instead, which also didn't permit line spacing to be added either before or after the bulleting operation.

Is this a programming mess up by Microsoft, or have I missed something?

Carol Bratt
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August 11, 2011
March 7, 2010 - 9:29 pm

I'm not going to say that the numbering in version 2007 is easy or intuitive because I don't think it is. You had just about stumped me with this question, but I persevered and I think I have found the answer for you. Below are the steps I took.

I created a list of colors.

Then I highlighted the list and clicked on the [b:23dy6rfn]Numbering [/b:23dy6rfn]icon in the [b:23dy6rfn]Paragraph [/b:23dy6rfn]group on the the [b:23dy6rfn]Home [/b:23dy6rfn]tab.

Then I hightlighted items 1 through 3 and clicked on the arrow on the paragraph group to open the Paragraph dialog box.

I then changed the spacing after to 36 just to experiment. and clicked [b:23dy6rfn]OK[/b:23dy6rfn].

You are quite correct - nothing happened.

So I went back into the Paragraph dialog box and this time deselected [b:23dy6rfn]Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style [/b:23dy6rfn]and clicked [b:23dy6rfn]OK[/b:23dy6rfn].

It worked and the spacing was changed!

Try this and see if it does not resolve your issue. Please post back and let us know. I'm crossing my fingers for you!

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April 6, 2010 - 7:59 am

Many thanks for your reply, Carol. Sorry I have been offline for a month, and have just caught up with it.

I tried your solution, and it works fine. Regrettably, that box, once unchecked, seems not to remain "sticky". So next time I started a new Word 2007 document, it had to be unchecked again. I guess I could write a macro to achieve this, but it really should be possible to set it as a program default.

But thanks again for your excellent detective work!

Chad Johnson
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April 7, 2010 - 9:46 am

I think you could do that by modifying your file, but I don't have Office 2007 and am not certain how to do that.

(that's right, this post was [i:24iuv9gh]that[/i:24iuv9gh] helpful)

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