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Posted 13 Sep 2013

Solve Black Squares on Word Titles

, 13 Sep 2013
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How to remove black squares that replace numbers in titles on Word


Yesterday, I opened an old Word document in Office 2013. After opening it, I saw a strange issue that affected it: black squares were on the place where numbers should be:

Notice that my office version is in Spanish therefore it is possible that the translations will not be exact.

Solving the Issue

In order to solve the issue, the steps to follow are the following ones:

  1. Put the cursor (the blinking one) on the title that has a black square where there should be a number.
  2. Right click on the right style button (the one that is related to the current title) let's call it "Title 1".
  3. Select "Modify".
  4. Select "Format"
  5. Select "Numbering"
  6. Click on "None" and press the OK button.
  7. This will remove all the numbers for this title level. Don't worry, we will recover them a little bit later.
  8. Press the OK button on the "Style modification" dialog.
  9. Repeat the previous steps for all the title styles that are not working properly.
  10. Put the cursor (the blinking one) back to the first title.
  11. Click on the "multilevel list" button and select the style you want, in my case the one with "Title" written.

After doing that, you will get back your numbers in your titles.


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I'm from Catalonia (in Spain) and a specialist in CNC, PLC, robotics and automation in general.

From 1998 I've been developing software applications for the automation market.

I'm using different technologies in each case to get the proper result, fieldbus communications, special electronics, special laser sensors, artificial vision, robot arms, CNC applications, PLC's...[^] - robots, CNC and PLC programming

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