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Microsoft Word 2008

Using Bulleted Lists

With Word, you can make bulleted lists, numbered lists, or outlines. You can create bulleted lists using the Bullets and Numbering toolbar or AutoFormatting. For information on numbered lists, refer to Using Numbered Lists.

return to topAbout Bulleted Lists

  • This is an example of a bulleted list

  • When the text wraps, it does not wrap all the way to the bullet, but only to where the first line of text began

  • The BULLETS button on the Bullets and Numbering toolbar acts like a toggle switch. Clicking once turns it on; clicking a second time turns it off

return to topUsing the Bullets and Numbering Toolbar

You can easily apply bullets to your lists using the Bullets and Numbering toolbar.

Applying Bullets as You Type

When you are ready to add bulleted text to your document, use the following steps:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the bullets to begin

  2. Click the TOOLBOXToolbox button

  3. From the Formatting Palette, on the Bullets and Numbering toolbar, click BULLETSBullets button
    NOTE: Word inserts the first bullet and moves the insertion point a quarter-inch to the right, where you can begin typing text.

  4. Type the desired text
    If the text wraps, Word maintains the quarter-inch indent.

  5. Press [Enter]
    Another bullet appears.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary

  7. When finished typing the last line of bulleted text, press [Enter]
    The insertion point should appear on a blank bulleted line.

  8. To end the bulleted list, from the Formatting Palette, on the Bullets and Numbering toolbar, click BULLETSBullets button
    OR
    To end the bulleted list, press [Enter]

Applying Bullets to Existing Text

  1. Select the text to be bulleted

  2. From the Formatting Palette, on the Bullets and Numbering toolbar, click BULLETSBullets button

To remove bullets:

  1. Select the bulleted text

  2. From the Formatting Palette, on the Bullets and Numbering toolbar, click BULLETSBullets button

return to topUsing AutoFormatting

Bulleted lists can be created automatically as you type if you have those options selected in the AutoCorrect dialog box. If you have created a specific bullet style, you may want to turn this option off. For more information, refer to AutoCorrect: Automatic Formatting.

return to topWorking with Formatted Bullets

The paragraph character ¶ influences the formatting of the bullet of a list item. If one or more bullets has an undesired color, the paragraph character was included when the color formatting was applied.

To remove the formatting from the bullet only:

  1. On the Standard Toolbar, click SHOW ALL NONPRINTING CHARACTERSShow All Nonprinting Characters button
    Your document's non-printing symbols are displayed.
    Bullet Formatting image

  2. Select the paragraph symbol for the list item with the formatted bullet

  3. From the Formatting Palette, on the Font toolbar, use the formatting tools to remove the formatting

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