Word 2007 normally creates bulleted and numbered lists automatically, whether you use the List buttons on the Paragraph tab in the Ribbon buttons or Word’s AutoCorrect feature. If you prefer to create a list manually, you can turn off automatic lists by following a few steps.

1

Choose the Office Button in the upper-left corner of the Word screen.

Hover your mouse pointer over the Office Button to get a tooltip that describes what it offers.

2

Choose the Word Options button.

You’ll find the Word Options button in the lower-left corner of the Office Button’s window.

3

In the Word Options dialog box, click the Proofing button.

Put your mouse pointer over the Proofing option (at upper left) to make its button appear.

4

In the Proofing view, click the AutoCorrect Options button.

The AutoCorrect Options button is near the top of the Word Options window.

5

Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

Note the check marks in the check boxes under Apply as you type.

6

Uncheck the check boxes next to Automatic Bulleted Lists and/or Automatic Numbered Lists.

Unchecking these boxes turns off automatic listing.

7

To return to automatic listing, put a check in the check boxes next to Automatic Bulleted Lists and/or Automatic Numbered Lists.

Now you can use automatic listing or not, depending on what you need to do.