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Q.  My question has to do with something most people find a useful convenience: automatic numbering in Word. Unfortunately, it does not adapt to my needs, and often it becomes a nuisance. Is there a way to prevent the PC from introducing numbers (or letters, etc.) each time I press Enter, when the sentence just written starts with a number or letter followed by either . or )?

A.  There are a couple things that you can do.  First, if you think that you may ever want this automatic numbering feature, then you can wait until you see Word apply the automatic number and immediately hit Control-Z.  This will undo the automatic number for just this occurrence.

However, it looks like you are looking for a more permanent solution.  You can disable the entire feature by selecting "AutoCorrect Options..." from the Tools menu.  Then, on the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab, uncheck the "Automatic numbered lists" option.  Click OK.  You should now be able to type your numbers in peace.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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