WD97: Skip Numbering and Stop Numbering Not on Shortcut Menu

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Symptoms
When you right-click on a numbered paragraph in Microsoft Word 97, the SkipNumbering and Stop Numbering commands are no longer available on theshortcut menu.

This is a change from earlier versions of Word, in which these options areavailable on the shortcut menu.
Cause
This behavior is by design. The Skip Numbering and Stop Numbering commandsare no longer needed because the Numbering button on the Formatting toolbarprovides equivalent functionality.
Workaround

How to Remove Numbering from a Numbered Item

To perform the equivalent of the Skip Numbering command, use either of thefollowing methods:

  1. Place the insertion point within the numbered item.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar, click Numbering to remove the number.

    -or-
  3. Place the insertion point at the beginning of the numbered item.
  4. Press BACKSPACE to remove the number.
Word removes both the number and the indent from the paragraph. To retainthe indent, place the insertion point at the beginning of the paragraph andpress TAB.

How to Stop the Numbering of Numbered Items

To perform the equivalent of the Stop Numbering command, follow thesesteps:

  1. Remove the numbering from the chosen item as described in the "How To Remove Numbering from a Numbered Item" section of this article.
  2. Right-click the numbered item for which you want to change numbering.
  3. On the shortcut menu, click Bullets and Numbering.
  4. Click to select Restart Numbering.
    -or-
    To specify a starting number other than one, click Customize, change the Start At number, and then click OK.

How to Add the Skip Numbering Command to the Shortcut Menu

You can add the Skip Numbering command to the shortcut menu for numberedparagraphs. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
  2. On the Toolbars tab, scroll to the bottom of the list and click to select the Shortcut Menus check box.

    NOTE: A Shortcut Menus toolbar is displayed.
  3. Click the Commands tab.
  4. Under Categories, click to select All Commands.
  5. Under Commands, click to select SkipNumbering, and then drag SkipNumbering to the Text menu on the Shortcut Menus toolbar. In the Text menu, point to Lists and then drop SkipNumbering into position on the shortcut menu.

    NOTE: Because Word may not always use the Lists shortcut menu, you may also want to add SkipNumbering to the Spelling shortcut menu.
  6. In the Customize dialog box, click Close.
For additional information about customizing the toolbars, please see thefollowing article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163547 WD97: How to Create Custom Toolbars and Toolbar Buttons
More information
In earlier versions of Word, the Stop Numbering command(RemoveBulletsNumbers) removes numbering from the selected paragraphs, andthen restarts numbering at one for the next numbered paragraph. In Word 97,the equivalent command does not restart numbering at one, but continues theprevious numbering sequence.
References
For additional information about numbering, please see the followingarticles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
159943 WD97: General Information About Bullets and Numbering

162895 WD97: How to Use the ListNum Field in Word
Or, click the Office Assistant, type "numbering" (without the quotationmarks), click Search, and then click one of the topics.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on theStandard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, pleasesee the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
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Article ID: 171333 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 19:02:00 - Revision: 2.0

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