Fear not, you can address this by doing the following:
KC ... though I always appreciate your tips and I have fixed this by following your steps in the past, I wonder why the Word auto-format feature hasn't been fixed to address this?!
It's been ongoing for several versions and obviously a known issue to MS, but is there a technical reason you're aware of why it hasn't been addressed?
Strangely, I can't reproduce this. How does this happen actually?
I do not work on Word, so I have no idea.