Field codes: AutoNum field

The AutoNum field numbers paragraphs sequentially. The field is considered obsolete but is provided for compatibility with Microsoft Word 2000 or earlier versions.


  • We recommend that you use the ListNum field instead of the AutoNum field when using Microsoft Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2003, or Word 2002

  • In paragraphs that are formatted with the built-in heading styles, Word restarts the numbering at 1 in each successive heading level. If headings that contain AutoNum fields are followed by body text paragraphs that also contain AutoNum fields, Word restarts the numbering of the body text at 1 after each heading. If the headings don't contain AutoNum fields, body text paragraphs that contain AutoNum fields are numbered in a continuous, sequential series throughout the document.

  • You can’t manually update an AutoNum field.

  • The result of an AutoNum field isn't displayed if the field is nested within an If field.


When you view the AutoNum field code in your document, the syntax looks like this:

{ AUTONUM [Switches ] }

Note: A field code tells the field what to show. Field results are what is shown in the document after having evaluated the field code. To toggle between viewing the field code and the field code results, press Alt+F9.



Defines the separator character, which you place directly after the switch.

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