How to Insert Table Row Numbers in a Word Table

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Make use of Microsoft Word's formatting options to customize rows within your table. You can number a new or existing row of content. Word's Numbering Library has a variety of numbering formats for your specific need, whether you're using uppercase or lowercase letters, Roman numerals or regular numbers. Numbering can be applied to lists you want to organize within your table. The numbering automatically continues into the next row when you hit the "Tab" key. Word 2010 helps you manage the contents of your table quickly regardless of its existing format.

  • Go to the table you want to format in Microsoft Word.

  • Highlight the row or rows you want to number.

  • Go to the "Home" tab and "Paragraph" group. Click the "Numbering" button. Select the number format you want to use from the "Numbering Library."

  • Select "Define New Number Format" to use a format not available in the Numbering Library. The "Define New Number Format" dialog box opens.

  • Click "OK" to accept the existing format within the dialog box or customize it to your taste. To change the numbering, pick a style from the "Number style" drop-down list. To change the alignment, select "Left," "Centered" or "Right" from the "Alignment" drop-down list. Press "OK" to apply the settings. The dialog box closes. You are returned to your page, and numbering is applied to the selected row(s).

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