A bulleted list or a numbered list becomes misaligned when you use Word 2007 to save a document that was previously saved in an earlier version of Word


Symptoms


When you use Microsoft Office Word 2007 to save a document that contains a bulleted list or a numbered list, the bulleted list or the numbered list becomes misaligned.

This issue occurs if the following conditions are true:
  • The document is saved in a format from an earlier version of Microsoft Word.
  • The bulleted list or the numbered list uses custom tabs.

Cause


This problem occurs because Word 2007 does not automatically create a tab as part of a hanging indent for a bullet in a list or for a number in a list. Earlier versions of Word automatically create a tab as part of a hanging indent for a bullet in a list or for a number in a list.

Workaround


To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Modify the layout options

  1. Open the document that contains the misaligned list.
  2. Click the Microsoft Office Button, click Word Options, and then click Advanced.
  3. In the Compatibility Options for area, expand Layout Options.
  4. Click to clear the Don't use automatic tab stop for hanging indent check box.

Method 2: Add a manual tab stop for the hanging indent

  1. Open the document that contains the misaligned list, and then click the misaligned line.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.
  3. In the Indentation area of the Paragraph dialog box, note the values for Left and Special: Hanging.
  4. Add together the values for Left and Special: Hanging.
  5. Click Tabs on the Paragraph dialog box.
  6. Type the total from step 4 in the Tab Stop Position box.
  7. Click Set, and then click OK.