Some legal textbooks have a numbering format that looks something like this:
1-001 Body Text bla,bla,bla...
1-002 Body Text
1-003 Body Text
1-004 Body Text
1-005 Body Text
2-001 Body Text
2-002 Body Text
2-003 Body Text
2-004 Body Text
2-005 Body Text
2-006 Body Text
and so on...
Can this be achieved in WORD 2007 in an automated way? I tried to work with field functions but could not get it working.
It's no secret that creating numbering streams with Microsoft Word leaves much to be desired. I usually recommend using fields. Unlike autonumbering, they are stable...I don't have issues with fields having a mind of their own, and changing my numbering without my permission!
But since you already tried fields, let's see if we can use autonumbering to accomplish the formatting you want.
Experiment on a sample document first!
Now that that the dialog box is open, you can set up your specially formatted numbering by following these steps:
This will format the list with the correct numbering, but you still need to tell Word what to do when you skip to a new section and want to continue the sequence.
To continue numbering from the previous section, follow these steps:
The next problem is starting the new chapter. If you are not using a Master document and sub-documents for each chapter, the easiest way to start the new number sequence (2-001) is to repeat the process.
Microsoft Word is not my software of choice for creating long, complex documents. Personally, I prefer using Adobe FrameMaker. If you write long documents very often, this software will save you a lot of frustration.
You may want to pick up a copy of Formatting Legal Documents With Microsoft Word 2010, by Jan Berinstein. The Word 2007 version of this book is still available, too.