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Sequential numbering in Word over 10 documents (books of the Rigveda)

By Barraviola ·
Can anyone help me with this Word problem?
I want to insert sequential numbers through a series of ten documents (the books of the Rigveda). In the first book, I want to replace
.1
with
.1 (1)
so that .2 becomes automatically .2(2) etc., up to .1** (1**)
In the next book I want to replace
.1
with
.1 (192)
so that then .2 becomes automatically .2 (193) etc., up to .43 (234)
The tenth book will then replace the consecutive numbering from .1 to .1** with .1 (827) to .1** (1017).
I would be extremely grateful!
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Not really.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Sequential numbering in W ...

The details are not here so I have to guess at what must be numbered. it could be pages, paragraphs, something else? Word numbering problems have quite a lot of history and prior discussions so I will wait for more detail before I attempt to share any solution.

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Sequential numbering in Word

by Barraviola In reply to Not really.

Hi, and thank you for responding. What needs to be numbered are actually poems in Sanskrit - the 'numerals plus stops' only occur at the beginning of each poem, which is why I was wondering about a text replacement option. Here's an example, showing the end of one poem and the beginning of the next:

6 jóṣi agne samídham jóṣi ā́hutim
jóṣi bráhma jányam jóṣi suṣṭutím
víśvebhis víśvān r̥túnā vaso mahás
uśán devā́n uśatás pāyaya havís

2.38
1 úd u syá devás savitā́ savā́ya
śaśvattamám tádapās váhnis asthāt
nūnám devébhyas ví hí dhā́ti rátnam
átha ā́ abhajat vītíhotram svastaú

2 víśvasya hí śruṣṭáye devás ūrdhvás
prá bāhávā pr̥thúpāṇis sísarti
ā́pas cid asya vraté ā́ nímr̥grās
ayám cid vā́tas ramate párijman

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That looks like a programming job.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Sequential numbering in W ...

It appears the document formatting is non-standard with the number being not always on the first line.

Beyond that, since I can't look at the document to see how exactly it's formatted my answer is to write VBA code to do this renumbering. This is not an offer to write said code but there are folk on Upwork and Fiverr that do such coding.

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Sequential numbering in Word

by Barraviola In reply to That looks like a program ...

Thank you. I'm very grateful for the advice, I'll look at the two sites you mention and see if I can find someone who can help me! Karen

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Remember this is Word.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Sequential numbering in W ...

And there are a lot of priors on numbering but this one seems to be outside the norm and to bring it back into shape may require a lot of time to create sections, paragraphs and other Word like ideas on formatting.

Frankly you might be better off manually editing the numbers as you see fit. You know the number of edits you need to do and it's a set amount of work that you can do versus getting it programmed up. Maybe you have a volunteer or student that can pitch in.

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Sequential numbering in Word

by Barraviola In reply to Remember this is Word.

I'm grateful for you help with this. I've just been looking at doing it manually - if I use Find and Replace to locate the full stop followed by any number using the wildcard function, can I then replace the stop and any number with full stop any number open brackets close brackets
?
I could then search for the open bracket which would be quicker. My first attempt replaced the ? wildcard with an actually question mark instead of the original number.

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