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Numbering Exam Questions in Word 2003

Hi! I'm wondering if there is a way of setting up a style for numbering in an examination I am formatting. As a teacher, very often I want to start off with, for example, 1. (a) *on the same line*. So far, I can only get the next level numbering, (a), to appear on the next line down.

A typical question would look like:

1. (a) Factorise the following expressions.
(i) x^2+2x
(ii) x^2-2x-15

(b) Solve the following equations:
(i) x^2+2x = 0
(ii) (ii) x^2-2x-15 = 0

2. (a) [And so on!]
(i) blah blah
(ii) blah blah

(b) [Another question]
(i) blah blah
(ii) blah blah
(iii) blah blah blah

The (i)'s and (ii)'s should appear indented further in than the (a)'s and (b)'s, but the message board editor does not seem to be able to do this - I hope you get the idea. If I could get it so that the (a) appears automatically when I tab across from the first level numbering, that would be great - but if it is possible to set it up this way I have not yet cracked it!

I am used to doing all the formatting manually, but if I could get Word to do the numbering automatically in the style I want it would save me a lot of time.

Thanks in advance.


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Format > Bullets & Numbering > Outline Numbering. I think you can choose "auto format" somewhere, so that rthe later lines follow the style of the former ones.

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working with nested lists like this to be clumsy, and never found a good solution. It would be interesting to see one. Maybe something using styles?


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I agree with Kees. Word's formatting of lists has always been a little clumsy to me, and I haven't found any other word processor to do it much better.

But I wonder if, being a teacher who would need something like this regularly, you could create your own template, (just a normal document.doc), and use it as a blank. It's the way I would go I think.

Just create a dummy exam paper with all the nested listing formatting you need, (you would of course need to use the backspace key often to get the numerical and first alpha entry to line up on the same line, ie 1. (a) ), and carry on from there until the exam paper is completed, save it, then remove any text you have typed to make it blank but with the lists intact, then save again under a different name.

Format > Bullets and Numbering > Outline numbering may help, but it is still awkward.

Good luck


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