Help with multilevel list indentation problem - Word 2013

I have set up a list number for a template that could be used by a lot of people.  It works pretty well, but I have one problem in getting indentation set up properly, and I have been  in the list number set up window (and experimented with settings) a thousand times with no resolution.

In the image below that shows an excerpt of the document, I want the 2nd line of the 3rd level list (3.2.1) to indent like 2nd line of the 2nd level list (3.1).  In other words, I want the second line of text to align with the first line of text, not align with the number.  And, of course, I want it to happen automatically and consistently throughout the document when someone does a Decrease Indent to add a 3rd level list number and has enough text to have a second line - it should have that alignment-format.  The only way to do it now is to manually go to the paragraph setting and set up the hanging indent after the 3rd level is created.  Obviously not a great solution for a template. 

The 2nd line on the 3.1 level always aligns with the 1st line.  The 2nd line on the 3.1.1 level never does (unless I have modified paragraph settings for an existing list item).  I am including the List Setup window too. 

Please help me!  I want this template to work great.    

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Last updated February 7, 2020 Views 12,940 Applies to:
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As Suzanne wrote, setting precise positions for the list number, for the first line of text and for the second and subsequent lines requires that you modify "Aligned at," "Add tab stop at," and "Text indent"; see http://shaunakelly.com/word/numbering/numbering20072010.html for the details.

You can easily confirm that the left indents set in the Paragraph dialog box, or for a paragraph style, are not useful with multilevel lists. Here's how to do it: Look at the settings for the built-in List Paragraph style, which (by default) is applied to paragraphs when you apply a bullet or numbering format that isn't connected to a paragraph style. You'll notice that left (first, hanging) indents set for that style are overridden by the settings for a numbered (or bulleted) list.

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It is true that multilevel lists work best when each level is linked to a style, but it is also true that you cannot set the left, hanging, or first-line indent of a numbered style in the Paragraph dialog; setting in the Define New Multilevel List dialog will always supersede those in the Paragraph dialog.
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