Multilevel list formatted with outline numbering is numbered incorrectly in Word

For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 203916 .


When you create a multilevel list, and then apply one of the outline numbered list formats that appear on the Outline Numbered tab under Bullets and Numbering, you find that your list is numbered incorrectly.

For example, you expect a list to appear as follows:

1. One
1.1. Two
1.1.1. Three
However, the list appears in one of the following formats.

Format 1

1. One
2. Two
2.11. Three
Format 2

1. One
1.1.1. Two Three


To work around this issue, change the level of items in your list in one of the following ways:

  • Select a list item, and then press SHIFT+TAB or TAB.
  • Select an item, and then click Decrease Indent or Increase Indent on the Formatting toolbar.

    Note In Microsoft Office Word 2007, select an item. Then, click Decrease Indent or Increase Indent in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
For more information about bullets and numbering, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

212376 Frequently asked questions about the bullets and numbering feature in Word


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.