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What to do when changes to Word 2007's paragraph styles don't update your numbered lists

Word 2007 turns on the Don't Add Space Between Paragraphs Of The Same Style feature in the built-in bullet and number styles. So when you're working with paragraph styles, you need to turn this feature off if you want your paragraph formatting to apply to your bulleted and numbered lists. Here are the steps to follow.

You've just selected your entire Word 2007 document and clicked on the Paragraph dialog box launcher to change the line spacing after each paragraph to 10 points. You click OK, then notice that all the paragraphs have been adjusted except for your numbered lists.

Unlike earlier releases, Word 2007 turns on the Don't Add Space Between Paragraphs Of The Same Style feature in the built-in bullet and number styles. Thus, when working with paragraph styles, you need to turn this feature off if you want your paragraph formatting to apply to your bulleted and numbered lists.

Follow these steps:

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, click the dialog launcher in the Paragraph group.

  1. Click in the After box under Spacing and enter 10.
  2. Clear the Don't Add Space Between Paragraphs Of The Same Style check box.

  1. Click OK.

Now each numbered item is separated from the next item by 10 points.


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1 comments
rkitko
rkitko

Personally, I prefer to hit enter twice after paragraphs of the same type. It's much easier and I obtain more control over the design of the document. Instead, Microsoft Word 2007 has elected to not allow me to change the default setting on this. Any help? Here are the steps I take: I open the paragraph options box and select single line spacing and check "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style". Clicking on "Default...", I was led to believe, would store those preferences. But no! Lo and behold, I click OK and return to the document and what do I get? Space between paragraphs of the same style. Frustrating! Apparently the only way I'm able to use that preference is to check the "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style" box in every. single. document. And, actually, in multiple spots in the same document, it seems. Why won't this store in the defaults? It's annoying as hell.