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Correct a Word document when lists won't renumber correctly

It can be frustrating the numbered list in your Word document keeps starting at the wrong number -- even if you select Restart Numbering from the shortcut menu. Rather than try to renumber, try this tip from Mary Ann Richardson.

You want the numbered list in your Word document to start at 1, but it keeps starting at 4, even if you select Restart Numbering from the shortcut menu. Rather than try to renumber, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the numbered list.
  2. Click Set Numbering Value.
  3. Select the Start New List button.
  4. In the Set Value text box, type 1 and then click OK.

When you set the Set Value text box to a number, your list will start with that number; when Restart does not start with 1, it's best to check and reset the Set Value text box according to the steps above.

The Set Numbering Value will also correct instances where clicking Continue Numbering will not work — for example, when you want one list to continue numbering from another above it. Follow these steps to correct this situation:

  1. Right-click the numbered list.
  2. Click Set Numbering Value.
  3. Click to select the Continue From Previous List button and then click OK.

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