# How to display indent level numerically [closed]

I want to create something like a numbered list, but where the item number reflects the indent level. This is to represent a multi-branching hierarchy of questions. Example:

1 Why am you confused?
Because I am a newbie
2 Why are you a newbie?
Because I don't write a lot of documents and have never had to do this before
3 Why don't you write a lot of documents?
Because that's not my main job function
4 Why is that not your main job function?
Because I find it mind-numbing and I have pursued a career where I mostly do other things
5 Why do you find it mind-numbing?
Because it's not analytical enough for me
5 Why have you pursued a career where you mostly do other things?
Because I find writing mind-numbing
3 Why have you not had to do this before?
Because this is never come up
4 Why has this never come up?
Because I mostly write simple documents
5 Why do you mostly write simple documents?
Because I want to get it over with as quickly as possible


I want the lines auto-numbered based on indentation level. Is there an easy way to do this in LibreOffice?

(extra points if you can guess from this example what company I work for)

Thanks, Bob

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### Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp close date 2020-10-18 16:32:58.512927

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You can "hack" a bullet list to provide such order. First insert a normal bullet list. Then go to its configuration and then to the Customize tab to finally choose the character for the "bullet": just pick the proper number for each level as "symbol"

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This proved to be very simple, if not very flexible (I've decided I'd prefer to use "1." for example instead of "1").

( 2017-10-21 01:15:43 +0100 )edit

This is the proper way of doing it. You can even refine the solution by defining a dedicated paragraph style linked to a so-called list style to only need to "type" your paragraphs with this single paragraph style, thus minimising manual fiddling on text.

( 2017-10-21 08:04:01 +0100 )edit

https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum...

But that's still more work than hacking the bullet list as suggested by RGB-es

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The attached example is containing the code I sketched.

Sub aboutParaIndent()
indentStep = 1250
REM (1.25cm) 1251 actually for unknown reasons in Writer.No effect in this context.
REM I don't know a way to change the value.
REM If you know one and made a change, you need to set the correct value above.
theDoc  = ThisComponent
theText = theDoc.Text
theParaEnum = theText.CreateEnumeration
Do While theParaEnum.HasMoreElements
thePara = theParaEnum.NextElement
theTC = theText.CreateTextCursorByRange(thePara)
theTC.GotoStartOfParagraph(False)
theText.InsertString(theTC,""&Format((thePara.ParaLeftMargin \ 1250) + 1,"00") & ": ",False)
Loop
End Sub

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