How to Stop OneNote 2013 from Automatically Creating Lists

OneNote 2013 is a helpful tool when you need to save information across multiple devices. You can organize your notes and data into separate notebooks, allowing you a level of organization that makes it easy to come back and find information when you need it.

Often times this information can be in list form, and OneNote can automatically add new list items once you start a list.

But this list feature can be a bit of a hassle if you aren’t using it, and you may find yourself frustrated as you go back and undo segments of data that were unintentionally included in list form.

Fortunately, you can stop OneNote 2013 from automatically adding new list items by changing a couple of settings on the Options menu.

Change Automatic Numerical and Bullet List Item Settings in OneNote 2013

The steps in this tutorial will adjust the feature in OneNote 2013 where new list items are added automatically when you go to a new line after creating a list item. There are separate options for numerical and bulleted list items. We will be turning off both of these options in the guide below, but you can choose to leave one intact if you wish.

Step 1: Open OneNote 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This opens a new window called OneNote Options.

open onenote options

Step 4: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the OneNote Options window.

click the advanced tab

Step 5: Click the box to the left of Apply numbering to lists automatically and to the left of Apply bullets to lists automatically to remove the check marks. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

change list settings in onenote 2013

Now that you know how to stop OneNote from automatically creating lists, you can save yourself some time removing those lists in the future.

If you keep sensitive or personal information in a OneNote 2013 notebook, then it might not be a bad idea to add some password protection. This guide will show you how to password-protect a notebook.

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