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Creating number lists

When I create numbered lists, sometimes there is a lot of content between one number and the next. For example if there were several paragraphs of text in numbered list #3, the next number would revert back to 1 because it would not recognize that it was part of an existing list. How can I correct this?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I have found numbered list to be quite dodgy. Often I have to create a list of just major (numbered items), then I go back and paste in the added material using soft returns.

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Bill_Bailey Community Leader Sep 13, 2016

You have two possible solutions:

  • Use a soft return for the additional content between numbers (shift+return). Hard at the end to start the next list item.
  • Or install the source editor plugin and edit the list tags there (basically wrap all the content for one list item in <li></li> tags and delete the </il><ol> tags between the two items.

If you do a lot of doc work in Confluence, it really pays to install the source editor. It allows you to fix low-level formatting issues or be able to use RegEx searches, for example, to remove empty <p> tags or remove clutter from pasted text.

Worked perfectly for me as well - many thanks.

Quick follow-up: Where do I find the source editor plugin?

Bill and Milo:

Thanks for the suggestions. The soft returns works like a charm although it does require extra work. I wish I'd know about this 5 years ago when I started using Confluence. :smile:

Thanks, Sandy

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