I just read an article covering this problem this week. I had never had use for this but thought it was a good tip to pass on as I can think of many instances when this would come into play – continuing numbering by column that is.
Word numbers by row first. It numbers the first two cells in the first row of a table before dropping down to the next row to continue the numbering.
Follow the steps below to learn how to continue your numbering in table columns:
- Highlight the first column only.
- In the Paragraph group on your Home tab, click the Numbering option. Word will number your items in columnar order.
- Click your second column and click the Numbering option. Word will assign the same set of numbers to your second column.
- Right-click the number in the first row of your second column and select Set Numbering Value.
- In the resulting dialog box, click the Continue From Previous List option a
- Then check the Advance Value option and enter the next number in the sequence.
I suggest numbering your columns when your table is completely finished so as to avoid having to reset your numbering.
If anyone out there knows a better solution, please let me know!