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By default, if you type an asterisk or 1., Word recognizes that you are trying to start a bulleted or numbered list. You can turn off the automatic list recognition feature.

  1. Go to File > Options > Proofing.

  2. Select AutoCorrect Options, and then select the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

  3. Select or clear Automatic bulleted lists or Automatic numbered lists.

  4. Select OK

See also

AutoFormat as you Type.

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