Word 2013

How to Add Sequential Numbering Elements in your Word Document

You can automatically number items in your document. Most of you already know this. You can also automatically number figures, tables, illustrations, etc. If you decide to reorder those items, Word will automatically update the numbers so that the are in the correct order.

Follow the steps below to learn how to sequentially number items in your text:

  1. Place your cursor where you would like the sequential number to appear. (i.e., caption for a table).
  2. Click CTRL + F9 to insert field brackets. You cannot insert the braces manually as it will not work.
  3. Key in seq followed by the name of the element you are numbering. The name is your choice but it should be the same for each item in this particular sequence. (i.e., seq figures).
  4. Click F9 to update your field information.

Word has now replaced the field with the next number in the sequence you have specified.