While I've covered how to use the Bullets and Numbers feature in Word extensively elsewhere (that required multiple video tutorials to be really effective), you may find you need to create a series of numbers not related to paragraphs or headings. Here is a quick and easy way to embed automatic numbering you may not have thought of:
Automatic 1-2-3 series -- Let's say, for instance, you need to create a large set of exhibit divider pages (single pages that say "Exhibit 1," "Exhibit 2," etc., for dividing exhibits to a brief or other court submission). Who wants to type the word "Exhibit" with a number 100+ times? Not me, baby!
Do this instead:
- Type the word "Exhibit."
- Go to the Insert tab in any Ribbon version of Word (2007 and up), then click Quick Parts and choose Field near the bottom of the menu. Under Categories on the left-hand side of the dialog box, choose "Numbering" in the drop-down box.
- You've got lots of choices here, but the one you want is AutoNum (see above). (If you want a number without a trailing period, choose AutoNumLegal and be sure to check the box to the right that says "Display number in legal format without a trailing period".) Pick the type of number sequence you want under Field Properties, Format, then click OK.
- Put in a hard page break to go to the next page (CTRL-ENTER). Now, your first Exhibit separator page is complete.
- To make the rest, copy everything you've just put in (CTRL-A highlights all text, then CTRL-C copies), and keep pasting it over and over (with CTRL-V) until you have the right number of Exhibit separator pages.