"Style for Following Paragraph" doesn't work for list styles


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JHD

Word 2003 SP3.

I have modified the definition of the "list bullet" style so that the "Style
for Following Paragraph" is also "list bullet". When pressing Enter with the
cursor located at the end of a list element (for example, bullet number 2 in
the list), several unexpected things happen:

1) The bullet at the beginning of bullet number two disappears and the text
is left justified.
2) A new line is inserted before bullet number three, but this line also has
no bullet.
3) When placing the cursor in either of the two lines, the "bullets" button
in the toolbar shows as *deselected*, despite the fact that the style listed
in the task pane is still "list bullet"

Several things to note before you answer:
I also created an outline numbered format and linked each level to the
appropriate header level. Same problem occurs with those formats.
I am not in outline view. I'm aware that this behavior is by design in
outline view.
This is not a Normal.dot problem - I am trying to make a new template and
have made sure there are no style conflicts.

I'm *very* frustrated - any help much appreciated.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

If you're pressing Enter twice, then what you're seeing is explicable. If
you're pressing Enter only once, check to make sure you don't have the
WordPerfect options checked on the General tab of Tools | Options.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
J

JHD

I'm only pressing enter one time. Neither "Help for Wordperfect users" nor
"Navigation for Wordperfect users" is checked. Any other possibilities?
 
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Doug Robbins - Word MVP

If you click on the Show/Hide (¶) button, is the new line that you mention
in point 2 terminated with a ¶?

If so, it would appear that (maybe inadvertently) you are pressing the Enter
key twice.

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Hope this helps.

Please reply to the newsgroup unless you wish to avail yourself of my
services on a paid consulting basis.

Doug Robbins - Word MVP, originally posted via msnews.microsoft.com
 
J

JHD

Yes, both the line that previously held a bullet+tab, and the newly inserted
line, each contain only a paragraph mark. However, I don't think I'm
inserting two of them: The same thing happens when I use either of the enter
keys on my keyboard (not likely keyboard bounce). And, when I hit enter
again, each time after the first inserts *one* additional line terminated
with a paragraph mark (and without proper bullet formatting), not two.
However if I copy/paste just a paragraph mark just prior to the existing one
in a properly bulleted line, the newly inserted one is also properly
formatted.
 
S

Suzanne S. Barnhill

I wouldn't expect it in Word, but in PPT the bullet doesn't appear until you
type some text (I find this rather disconcerting).

What I'm wondering is why you had to modify the List Bullet style so that
it would follow itself; by default (in the default Normal.dot) List Bullet
is already the following style. If you're working with a customized template
(Normal or some other), then it's possible there are other factors at play.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
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Doug Robbins - Word MVP

If pressing enter once inserts two carriage returns, it would seem that
there is something wrong with your keyboard.

--
Hope this helps.

Please reply to the newsgroup unless you wish to avail yourself of my
services on a paid consulting basis.

Doug Robbins - Word MVP, originally posted via msnews.microsoft.com
 
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