As you may have noticed, I tend to use Word’s automated list features quite a bit. Just about every article I write has at least one bulleted or numbered list. Most of the list defaults are perfectly adequate for my needs. Having said that, you can run into a very vexing problem if you create one very long list.
The problem arises when you have double digits. Word aligns list numbers to the left and typically, we align them to the right. If you try to align the numbers using the alignment tools in MS Word, you will have a mess on your hands.
Luckily, Word will let you control the alignment for numbers only, but the option is not easy to find.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
In Word 2010:
- Create your numbered list.
- Select the list items you would like to align.
- You will find the Numbering tool in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
- Click the Numbering tool’s drop-down and select Define New Number Format.
- In the resulting dialog box, select Right from the Alignment drop-down list.
- Click OK.