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Microsoft Word 2007

Customizing Bulleted & Numbered Lists

By modifying numbered or bulleted lists, you are able to change the way the information is displayed. For example, you can create multilevel lists. By customizing numbered or bulleted lists, you are able to change the appearance of each bullet or number. For example, instead of a plain bullet, you could use a symbol or a picture.

This document discusses the methods for modifying and customizing lists. For information on creating bulleted lists, refer to Using Bulleted Lists.

return to topModifying Bulleted Lists

Word gives you ways of modifying the format of your bulleted list. The following instructions will show you how to add explanatory text within your list without creating additional bullets and how to create a multilevel list.

Adding Text to the List

Perhaps you want to add information to a list item but do not want to create a separate list item. Using this simple keystroke will place your insertion point on the next line without a bullet appearing.

  1. Place the insertion point after the last character in the list item where you want to add text

  2. Press [Shift] + [Enter]
    The insertion point appears under the previous list item.
    shift return example

  3. Type the additional text

Creating a Multilevel List (Outline)

Sometimes, one level of bullets is not enough. Creating an outline can help organize your document for clearer presentation. Word allows up to nine different levels for outline lists. It is easy to demote or promote a list item from one level to another using the INDENT buttons. For more information, refer to Using Multilevel List Numbering.

return to topCustomizing Bulleted Lists

Customizing your bulleted list allows you to use creative and eye-catching bullets. Word provides many different images from which to choose. The following instructions assume that a bulleted list has already been created. If you do not have a bulleted list, refer to Using Bulleted Lists.

  1. Select the bulleted list you want to customize

  2. On the Home command tab, in the Paragraph group, clickbullet pulldown buttonon the BULLETS button
    The Bullets pull-down menu appears
    Bullets pulldown menu

  3. Select the desired bullet option

  4. If the desired option does not appear, select Define New Bullet...
    The Define New Bullet dialog box appears
    Define New Bullet dialog box

  5. To select a symbol for your bullet,
    1. Under Bullet character, click SYMBOL...
      The Symbol dialog box appears.
    2. From the Font pull-down box, select the desired font
    3. In the scroll box, select the desired bullet character
    4. click OK

  6. To select a picture for your bullet,
    1. Under Bullet character, click PICTURE...
      The Picture Bullet dialog box appears.
    2. In the scroll box, select the desired bullet character
    3. Click OK

return to topModifying Numbered Lists

Word gives you ways of modifying the format of your numbered list. The following instructions will show you how to add explanatory text within your list without creating additional numbers and how to create a multilevel list.

Adding Text to the List

Perhaps you want to add information to a step but do not want to create a separate list item. Using this simple keystroke will place your insertion point on the next line without a number appearing.

  1. Place the insertion point after the last character in the step where you want to add text

  2. Press [Shift] + [Enter]
    Your insertion point appears under the previous list item.
    shift return example

  3. Type the additional text

Creating a Multilevel List (Outline)

Sometimes, one level of numbering is not enough. Creating an outline can help organize your document for clearer presentation. Word allows up to nine different levels for outline lists. It is easy to demote or promote a list item from one level to another using the INDENT buttons as described here. For more information, refer to Using Multilevel List Numbering.

return to topCustomizing Numbered Lists

Customizing your numbered list allows you to have a wider variety of styles for numbers. Word provides several different ways of customizing your numbers in order to create an effective numbered list. The following instructions assume that a numbered list has already been created. If you do not have a numbered list, refer to Using Numbered Lists.

  1. Select the numbered list you want to customize

  2. On the Home command tab, in the Paragraph group, clickbullet pulldown buttonon the NUMBERING button
    The Numbered List pull-down menu appears.
    Numbered List pulldown menu

  3. Select the desired numbering option

  4. If the desired option does not appear, select Define New Number Format...
    The Define New Number Format dialog box appears.
    Define New Number Format dialog box

  5. To change the number style, from the Number style pull-down list, select the desired option

  6. To change the number format, in the Number format text box, make the desired changes
    EXAMPLE: Instead of following numerals with a period (1.), you may want to follow them with a dash (1-).

  7. To change the numbering alignment, from the Alignment pull-down list, select Left, Right or Centered

    Left-aligned Centered Right-aligned
    Left aligned numbered list Centered numbered list Right aligned numbered list
  8. To change font, style, color, or size of the numbers,
    1. Click FONT...
      The Font dialog box appears.
    2. Under Font, Font style, Font color, or Size, select the appropriate options
      An example of your number formatting appears in the Preview section.
    3. Click OK
      Your customized number appears in the Number format text box.

  9. Click OK

Changing the Starting Number

  1. Select the numbered list

  2. On the Home command tab, in the Paragraph group, clickbullet pulldown buttonon the NUMBERING button
    The Numbered List pull-down menu appears.

  3. Select Set Numbering Value...
    The Set Numbering Value dialog box appears.
    Set Numbering Value dialog box

  4. In the Set value to scroll box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the number to start the numbered list

  5. Click OK

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