Why did Mokubai unilaterally close
After I select a Multi-level List, why must I click on "Numbering" to apply that List to subsequent paragraphs? (why Word highlights "Numbering" and not "Multi-level List")
as a duplicate of
After I select a Multi-level List, why can't Word apply that List to subsequent paragraphs? (why Word can't apply either to an un-numbered paragraphs)?
Doubtless they are not duplicates. In the first, Word applies a numbered list to text, but the wrong one. You get a numbered list in the end.
In the second, Word isn't applying any numbered list. You get no numbered list in the end.