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Word numbering issue – subheading numbers have disappeared

I had a document in which 162 Header3 sub-headings had lost their numbers.

It appears they had somehow lost the multi-level numbering option.


1. Select one of the Header 3 subheading which DOES NOT show the correct numbering

2. While that remains selected, click on multilevel lists under “paragraph” in the ribbon. You’ll find that it is blanked out – i.e. it is not allocated to any header. Now select the appropriate multilevel header.

3. When you do so, a little lightning symbol will show up on the left. Click it.

4. There will be an option to “continue numbering”. Accept it.




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2 thoughts on “Word numbering issue – subheading numbers have disappeared
  1. Rachael

    FINALLY! The right answer (and really well explained), after a bejillion wrong answers on the internet. Thank you VERY much.


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