As a writer, you would agree that you use various special characters in a majority of official documents. It is special characters that help you represent a variety of your work as well as help you in segregating your work from other documents discovered throughout the world. Special characters like Roman Numerals come in handy in managing the numbering of the sections of the document or the page numbers of the complete text.
Microsoft Word on its own does not have an option for creating Roman numerals in ordinary text. Be it as it may, you can still include Roman numerals in Word using a few different approaches. Let’s get started and see how it’s done.
Basic Roman Numerals in Word
You can easily get Roman numerals in Word by simply typing the English letters in the appropriate format. You can simply write using (capital) I as 1, V as 5, X as 10, L as 50, C as 100, D as 500, and M as 1000. This is the simplest method, which you can use. You can even do it without entering unusual characters or making errors in Word’s menu.
Making Lists With Roman Numerals
If you didn’t know it before now, let me tell you this. One of the few situations where Word supports Roman numerals automatically is with lists. If you want to have Roman numerals as the start of each list entry:
- Visit the ‘Home tab’
- Choose the ‘Numbering’ option from the ‘Paragraph: group, which like a list with 1-2 and 3 as the first letters.
- Tap the drop-down arrow close to the icon and select the Roman numerals option, which has I, II, and III as the first option.
- Each number populates after you write the previous list entry and click on the ‘Enter’ option.
Using Page Numbers as Roman Numerals
Roman numerals can also be added for page numbers in Microsoft Word. How this works is basically like adding them into a document any other time. To do this:
- Scroll to ‘Insert’
- Go to ‘Page Number’ in the ‘Header & ‘Footer’ section. You can decide to put the numbers wherever you wish and choose any of the plain number options depending on the position you want.
- Then turn these into Roman numerals using the ‘Format Page Number’ option which pops up after you add the numbers.
- In the window that pops up, tap on the drop-down menu beside ‘Number format’ and select the Roman numeral option you want (either capitals or lower case).
How to Convert Numbers to Roman
Where you have a big number to convert to Roman numerals, you can use the feature that converts any number into Roman numerals.
- Press ‘Crtl’ and ‘F9’ to have the code field opened.
- You can tell that you have done it when you see two curly brackets pop up with the cursor between them.
- Key in ‘=the number Romans in the space and thereafter press ‘F9’ again to complete the conversion.