Field codes: AutoNumLgl field

The AutoNumLgl field numbers paragraphs for legal and technical publications. This field is considered obsolete but is provided for compatibility with Microsoft Word 2000 and earlier versions.

Use the built-in heading styles to format headings in the document, and then insert an AutoNumLgl field at the beginning of each heading paragraph. The numbers reflect the heading levels that correspond to the heading styles. If you insert an AutoNumLgl field in paragraphs of body text (paragraphs not formatted with built-in heading styles), the number of the preceding heading is included in the paragraph number. For example, if the preceding heading is numbered 1.2.3, paragraphs of body text are numbered,,, and so on.


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

  • You can’t manually update an AutoNumLgl field.

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


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

{ AUTONUMLGL [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.



Displays the number in legal format without the period.


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

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