How to Modify List Numbering in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

To modify the numbering in a list (for example, to start a list at number 3 instead of number 1, the default), follow these three quick steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Within the list, from the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, select the Numbering drop-down list.
    Numbering Drop-down List

  2. Select Set Numbering Value.
    Set Numbering Value

  3. In the Set Numbering Value dialog box, in the Set value to section, select a number and click OK.
    Select Number

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