How to Create a Multiple Choice Sheet in Word 2007

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How to Create a Multiple Choice Sheet in Word 2007
Use bullet points to create a multiple-choice test. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Using bulleted or numbered lists in Word can become frustrating, especially when trying to combine several list types manually. To create a multiple-choice sheet more easily, use Word 2007's multi-level list tools. This feature lets you create consecutively numbered questions, with multiple choices for each question, labelled by either letters or simply circular bullet points. Best of all, Word manages the formatting and separate list types for you. After selecting the multi-level list type, all you need to do is type the questions, type the answers and use the Enter key.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Home" tab on the ribbon.

  2. 2

    Click the "Multilevel List" icon on the ribbon, in the Paragraph group. Directly to the right of the "Bulleting" and "Numbering" icons, this button displays three horizontal lines, respectively labelled "1," "a" and "i." This opens a drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click the list with these levels presented: "1)," "a)" and "i)."

  4. 4

    Type a question for which you will provide multiple choices. The list will label this item, and all the other questions on the sheet, with numbers. The first question, for example, will receive the label "1)."

  5. 5

    Press Enter on your keyboard, then press Tab one time. The list will switch to the secondary level, using letters instead of numbers. The first answer for each question, for example, will receive the label "a)."

  6. 6

    Type the first choice, then press Enter to begin a new line. Type the next choice. Repeat until you have provided all the possible answers for that question.

  7. 7

    Press and hold Shift after typing the last choice for that question; press Enter once, then release the Shift key. This adds one line of blank space between questions.

  8. 8

    Press Enter twice; the list will switch back to the first level, letting you begin a new question.

  9. 9

    Repeat Steps 4 through 8 until you have typed all the questions and answers.

  10. 10

    Change the style used to list the answers, if desired. For example, using empty circles instead of letters would allow the students to fill in the circles for the correct answers. Click one of the multiple-choice answers on the sheet, then click the downward arrow next to the "Bulleting" icon on the ribbon. On the drop-down menu, click the picture of the empty circle -- the one with a black border and a white interior, not the solid black circle. This will change the format for all of the answers on the sheet.

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