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Converting Numbered Lists to Text in MS Word

The following are instructions to convert numbered lists to plain text using Microsoft Word.


  1. Make sure the active document is the one you want to convert.
  2. Save your document as a Word document (.doc or .docx). This will be your editable master document.
  3. Save a copy of your document as an .rtf document. This will be the document that you convert the numbered lists to text.
  4. To convert number formatting for ALL of the numbered lists in your document:
    1. Press ALT+F11 to display the Visual Basic Editor.
    2. Press CTRL+G to display the Immediate Window.
    3. Type the following: ActiveDocument.ConvertNumbersToText
    4. Press ENTER.
  5. To convert number formatting for only SOME of the numbered lists in your document:
    1. Highlight the text that you want to convert.
    2. Press ALT+F11 to display the Visual Basic Editor.
    3. Press CTRL+G to display the Immediate Window.
    4. Type the following: Selection.Range.ListFormat.ConvertNumbersToText
    5. Press ENTER.


Page Last Modified: 4/3/2013
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