How to Change Numbering Styles in Word 2013

By Lois Lowe

Changing the numbering style is much like changing the bullet character, except you have a few extra options, such as choosing a starting number. You can select from various styles of numbering that include uppercase or lowercase letters, Roman numerals, or Arabic (regular) numerals.

  1. In a Word 2013 document with bulleted paragraphs, select the bulleted paragraphs if they aren’t already selected.

  2. From the Home tab, click the down arrow on the Numbering button to open its palette.

  3. In the Numbering Library section, choose the numbering style that uses uppercase letters followed by periods.


  4. Click the down arrow on the Numbering button and then choose Define New Number Format.

    The Define New Number Format dialog box appears.

  5. In the Number Format text box, delete the period following the shaded A and type a colon (:).


  6. Click the Font button to open the Font dialog box, set the font size to 14 points, click OK to return to the Define New Number Format dialog box, and then click OK to accept the new format.


    Note: The black-filled check boxes in the Effects section of the Font dialog box mean the attributes will be left at their current settings, and not specified one way or another by the number format being defined.

    The list appears with extra-large letters, followed by colons.


  7. Save the changes to the document.