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List paragraph numbering with leading zeros

asked 2019-11-05 02:02:46 +0100

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Is it possible to define a list paragraph numbering format that has leading zeros?

In particular, patent applications need to be drafted with numbered paragraphs in square brackets with leading zeros such as [0001] .

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answered 2020-02-17 23:24:24 +0100

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updated 2020-02-17 23:26:23 +0100

To use numbered paragraphs with brackets and leading zeros: (1) go to the paragraph you wish to number, (2) type an opening bracket, (3) select Insert->Field->More Fields->Variables Tab->Insert Formula, (4) under the "Formula" field enter PN=PN+1, (5) under "Format," select "Additional Formats", (6) select Number, format -1235, and set leading zeros to 4, (7) select the insert button, (8) type the closing bracket. (You only have to do these steps one time) For the first paragraph you've done this for, you should see [0001]. Select the [0001] using your mouse, and select "Copy." Now you can paste that at the front of each paragraph. As you move the paragraphs around, they will renumber properly if you select that text together with the paragraph when you cut and paste.

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Very good, indeed!

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-02-18 09:23:02 +0100 )edit

answered 2019-11-05 08:24:09 +0100

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No, there is no formatting code for list numbers like you would find in Calc.

This question has already been asked here and the answer offered an ugly workaround, but I can't find it back. Maybe you'll have better luck.

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Thank you for your answer.

It is the only feature keeping me (and at least a few other patent drafters) from switching and donating.

JoPro gravatar imageJoPro ( 2019-11-05 18:39:08 +0100 )edit
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