To me, it's funny how MS Word is so divisive on the Techwr-L list. When one person says "Word is fine for small documents," another chimes in with the comment that that person has "been using Word for long documents since the early nineties without problems. I'm talking 250, 500, 750 page projects, and larger." This is the thread I have been reading:
Side note: The original thread does not display in the thread index, only a reply, as shown below:
Moving on to the actual point of this post, MS Word and numbering is something I have dealt with in the past. It was not long ago when I was fighting the linked MS Word documents in my RoboHelp project.
Here are some links about numbering: