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3/13/14
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Kirk W Goodwin

Paragraph Numbering in Google Docs as a Needed Feature

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_Needed feature_
 
It would be really helpful to patent professionals who desire to use Google Docs to have the ability to do paragraph numbering. The US Patent Office requires this formatting at the beginning of each paragraph [####] but NOT for headers. For example:
 
 
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0001] This is the first paragraph of a patent.
[0002] This is the second paragraph of a patent.
 
 
These should be automatic numbers that update if a new paragraph is inserted or a paragraph is removed.
 
Without this, patent professionals will need to use Microsoft Word or the like to write patents.
 
A real disappointment in light of how nice Google Draw is becoming.
 
Kirk Goodwin
Sr. Counsel, Patents & Global Information Systems
Whirlpool Corp.
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All Replies (4)
KevinLam14
3/14/14
KevinLam14
Hi Kirk,

Thank you for posting and for the feedback! I will pass along this to the product team. Are you looking for a specific type of numbering?
Thank you for your support!

Cheers!
Kevin

KirkG
3/15/14
KirkG

The US Patent Office requires this formatting at the beginning of each paragraph [####] but NOT for headers. For example:


BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0001] This is the first paragraph of a patent.
[0002] This is the second paragraph of a patent.


These should be automatic numbers that update if a new paragraph is inserted or a paragraph is removed.  Additionally the numbers should be able to be made bold if needed.  Finally, it should be able to ensure that there is only four numerals, e.g. [0009] then [0010] NOT [00010].

Thanks!

pmailkeey
3/16/14
pmailkeey
Use Numbered lists ???
KirkG
3/17/14
KirkG
On using heading numbering, if you do clean up when done you can make it work. but it's not elegant.

The first clean up step is to first remove the numbers form the headers  

The second clean up step is to go through and change the prefix to the paragraph numbers when they change from single digits to double digits and again when they change from double digits to triple digits.  

Again, far for elegant and more of a mess when paragraphs are added, combined or deleted after doing this clean up.

In short it is a bit of a time waste for an enterprise solution when trying to write patents.

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