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You can apply a numbering scheme to the headings in your document by using multilevel-list templates and built-in heading styles in Word (Heading 1, Heading 2, and so on).

Important: Make sure you're using built-in heading styles in your document.

You can number headings so that top-level headings (Heading 1) are numbered 1, 2, 3, for example, and second-level headings (Heading 2) are numbered 1.1, 1.2, 1.3.

  1. Open your document that uses built-in heading styles, and select the first Heading 1.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, choose Multilevel List.

    Choose the Multilevel List button to add numbering to a built-in heading style, for example, Heading 1, in your document heading.

  3. Under List Library, choose the numbering style you would like to use in your document.

    Note: Depending on the type of documentation you've prepared, you might choose a template that includes the word "Heading" in the example.

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