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HI Suzanne S. Barnhill,

I am using word 2010. I used heading 6 for chapter numbers. For captions i am facing a problem that my numbering of figures restarts in the same chapter as heading 1 changes. I want the numbering so that it will resets as heading 6 changes which is actually my chapter heading. Alt+F9 shows the following code. { STYLEREF 6 /s }.{ SEQ Figure /* ARABIC /s 6 }
Please Help Me.

Thank You

My gut feeling about this is that the problem is using such a low-level heading for chapter numbers. As a general rule, numbering that is set to restart after a certain level (/s 6 in your caption numbering) will restart after any higher level as well. Unless you have Level 6 linked to Level 1 of a multi-level list (with Heading 1 farther down the list), this may be an unavoidable problem.

The way Microsoft intends headings to be used is to use Heading 1 for the highest-level heading of which there are more than one (for the title of a work, there is a Title style). This might be a Part or Section, but in most cases it's the chapter title. If your chapter title style is numbered, you should be using Heading 1 for that heading. If your chapter numbers are in a separate paragraph from the chapter title, then you should use Heading 1 for the chapter numbers and an unnumbered user-defined style (Chapter Title, say) for the actual title. Then use Heading 2 for the next lower heading and so on down. You can modify the formatting of these styles to suit your requirements.

To have the chapter titles numbered in the TOC, use the method described at
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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