Libreoffice version: 220.127.116.11
With the present Writer specification, you can’t have different paragraph styles across list levels.
I was fiddling a lot with LibreOffice to make it achieve exactly this nonetheless (and, surprisingly, it worked somehow until recently). Now I tried to set up a new document template because the list styles got lost, probably due to an update.
I found doing the following did exactly what I wanted it to do:
Assign style “Heading 1” to text. Right click → List → Bullets and Numbering: configure numbering scheme and indents. Then format “Heading 1” paragraph style to your liking.
Rinse / repeat with other Heading paragraph styles and the relevant list configuration. In no time I have a fully working multilevel list where level 1 and 2 use classic numbering but level 3 to 5 use bullets with custom symbols. I can switch levels with
<SHIFT><TAB> and the best thing is the paragraph style I configured for the relevant heading level is applied automatically. Magic!
Then I save, close the document and open it again. All list configurations are gone. Paragraph styles are there, but the entire list configuration (numbering/bullet, indents) is gone.
The interesting thing is that if I save the new document as docx, then these settings are remembered. However, docx has other limitations that make it unusable for me (can’t save custom user indexes, they get reverted to table of contents after save and reopen).
Is there a way I can make Libreoffice save these configurations?