Can we change alphanumerical numbering scheme in Word export from initial "A" to "E"?

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I'm exporting maps very successfully to Word as outlines, using the alphanumerical
scheme "A.1, A.1.1, A.1.1.1". etc.

However, what I really need is the initial letter set at E not A. Short of a laborious and error-prone reorganization of the outline manually at each revision, making this change within Word has frankly defeated me.

Is there any way to alter the default A to E in the numbering scheme, by macro or some other workaround within MM, before export? If a simple macro would do it, is there any MM community member who could very kindly post it here or message it? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and best wishes,

David
London
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I haven't had a chance to try this today but the following should work.

First, in Word you need to create a new blank document formatted to your requirements. In this document define a new multilevel numbered list which uses initials as the number format for the level one headings. Change the Start at value for this heading level from A to E, then save the document as a template.

The next steps depend on whether you are using MindManager's built-in export facility or the WordX add-in. In the case of the former, switch back to MindManager and start the Word export process. When the Word Export Settings dialogue box appears, select "Use settings from template" under Outline Numbering on the General tab then switch to the Word Template tab and select the Word template you have just created and check that the topic levels are assigned to the appropriate heading styles, then begin the export process.

If you are using WordX select the add-in from the ribbon then click on the Manage icon and add and then apply the new template. The different heading styles will be automatically applied to the map topics though you can override these if you wish under the Styles tab. Then begin the export process.

While the standard export process should work I prefer WordX because it provides greater control but perhaps more importantly it applies the template's actual paragraph styles rather than creating and then applying MindManager versions of them - which is what the standard MindManager export does. This alone can cause endless confusion especially in relation to numbering between the MM heading styles and the inbuilt template ones.

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Alex,

Firstly, many thanks for taking the time and trouble to respond with great clarity.

Secondly ... your Word Template suggestion worked! It took me a while to get the hang of Headings specification in Word, but once that was done, the A disappeared and the E appeared, just as required. A bit more practice will hopefully perfect other aspects of Headings management, but I'm optimistic.

So: a pretty perfect outcome here.

Your advice is very much appreciated.

Best wishes,

David
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Thanks David and I'm glad it worked. If you have any documents that you previously exported you should - in theory - be able to achieve the same outcome by changing the Start at value for the first heading in each document. I sat in theory because Word heading styles can get very messy and strange things can happen.