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Query Subject:   automatic numbering in MS Word
Author:   Janet Randall
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   I am trying to figure out how to use automatic numbering to number and cross-reference examples in a linguistics paper using microsoft Word 2002. I have used a program in the past (xywrite) that uses soft-numbered counters, which increment if I insert a prior example. Also, I can set each counter to begin at any number, repeat the last number, and I can refer back to any example, since they can be marked tags that don't change when the number increments. In xywrite all of this is simple (I think it was simple in wordperfect, too). But I have had trouble replicating all these functions in Word, without getting automatically inserted periods or close parentheses. Also, unless I start a new paragraph, the number doesn't increment. So I can't say, for example,
blah blah blah, as shown in (14) and (15):

(14) example
(15) example

because the first instance of (15) will show up as (14) again.
Has anyone had success with this? (And do you know of anything written about it? I have not seen it in any book about Word.) I will post a summary of responses. Thanks very much.
Janet Randall
Associate Professor & Director, Linguistics Program
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
LL Issue: 15.1324
Date posted: 26-Apr-2004


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