The automatic numbering and bulleting features in Microsoft Word can be absolutely maddening. You’ll be happily typing along, making your document look exactly how you like, then suddenly Word decides to unexpectedly add a number or bullet to what you’re writing.
I appreciate the software trying to make things easier for me, but most of the time, it guesses wrong. Fortunately, this feature can be turned off. Disable the feature in Word that automatically starts entering numbered or bulleted text for you.
Word 2016, 2013 & 2010
- Select the “File” menu.
- Select “Options“.
- Select the “Proofing” tab on the left pane.
- Select “AutoCorrect Options…“.
- Select the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.
- Uncheck the “Automatic bulleted lists” and “Automatic numbered lists” options. Click “OK“.
- From the “Office Button” menu, select “Word Options“.
- Click “Proofing“.
- Click “AutoCorrect Options“, and then click the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.
- Under “Apply as you type“, deselect “Automatic bulleted lists” and “Automatic numbered lists“.
- Click “OK” and you’re done.
Now no more annoying automatic bullets or numbers appearing when you type.