Automatically number text for any cell style

Using a Cell Style

The simplest way to make ordered lists is to use a cell style that automatically numbers text by default. All stylesheets that come with a Wolfram Desktop product have the built-in cell style ItemNumbered for this purpose.

Start an ordered list

To start an ordered list, open Format Style and choose ItemNumbered:

Then type the content of a list item:

Add items to the list

Type within an item to add another item underneath it:

Add nested items to the list

Type followed by to start a sublist:

  • Type immediately after the numbering object to outdent an item.

Using an Automatic Numbering Object

Alternatively, you can make an ordered list by inserting automatic numbers into an existing cell without changing its cell style.

Place the cursor

Place the cursor at the beginning of the title cell:

Open the dialog

Open the Automatic Numbering dialog from the Insert menu:

Insert a numbering object

From the dialog, select Title from the counter menu and click OK:

Numbering is placed at the cursor location inside the title cell:

Add items to the list

Copy the cell and paste it below to create a second title cell:

  • Copying and pasting cells with automatic numbering objects increments the number as each new copy is pasted.

Using a Cell Style

The simplest way to make ordered lists is to use a cell style that automatically numbers text by default. All stylesheets that come with a Wolfram Desktop product have the built-in cell style ItemNumbered for this purpose.

Start an ordered list

To start an ordered list, open Format Style and choose ItemNumbered:

Then type the content of a list item:

Add items to the list

Type within an item to add another item underneath it:

Add nested items to the list

Type followed by to start a sublist:

  • Type immediately after the numbering object to outdent an item.

Using an Automatic Numbering Object

Alternatively, you can make an ordered list by inserting automatic numbers into an existing cell without changing its cell style.

Place the cursor

Place the cursor at the beginning of the title cell:

Open the dialog

Open the Automatic Numbering dialog from the Insert menu:

Insert a numbering object

From the dialog, select Title from the counter menu and click OK:

Numbering is placed at the cursor location inside the title cell:

Add items to the list

Copy the cell and paste it below to create a second title cell:

  • Copying and pasting cells with automatic numbering objects increments the number as each new copy is pasted.