Creating bulleted lists

Word 365
Bulleted lists, also named as unordered lists, are usually used for listing objects, comparable actions, etc. for which order is not important. Unlike a numbered list, all elements of an unordered list are separated by the same symbols, bullets.

Not only the Bullet symbol Bullet symbol can be used for the bulleted lists. As bullets can also be used several regular symbols, such as * (asterisk), - (hyphen), and . - (period). Historically, the Checkmark or Tick symbol Checkmark or Tick symbol and the Index symbol Index symbol (representing a hand with a pointing index finger) were famous for similar uses.

Create a bulleted list using the keyboard (using AutoCorrect)

Microsoft Word, by default, automatically changes some special symbols with the followed space if you type them in the first position of the line to the bulleted lists. Some examples:

Symbol with the followed space Bulleted list
- Bulleted list with dashes in Word 365
* Buletted list with dots in Word 365
> Buletted list with triangle arrows in Word 365
-> Buletted list with bold arrows in Word 365
=> Buletted list with arrows in Word 365

To create a bulleted list, just type the appropriate symbols with the followed space:

Bulleted list in Word 365

Note: If Word doesn't automatically change these symbols, check the AutoCorrect setting for lists (see How to turn off the automatic creation of bulleted and numbered lists).

Create a bulleted list using the mouse

To create a bulleted list, follow the next steps:

   1.   Type your list, and then select it.

   2.   Do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Bullets button:
    Bullets in Word 365
  • Right-click on the selection and choose the Bullets button on the Mini toolbar:
    Bullets in Mini toolbar Word 365

Word creates the bulleted list with the last used bullet symbol or with the bullet symbol Bullet symbol, used by default. You can find different bullet symbols by clicking the arrow next to Bullets:

Bullets list in Word 365

Choose any of the pre-defined symbols, or define the custom bullet. See customizing bulleted lists for more details.

   3.   To add additional bulleted items to your list, move the insertion point to the end of a line formatted with a bullet symbol and press Enter:

Bulleted list 2 in Word 365

   4.   Move the insertion point to the end of the last bulleted item on your list. Press Enter and then Del, or press Enter and click the Bullets button again on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, to turn off the formatting:

Bulleted list 3 in Word 365

Note: More details are available in the Bulleted lists section in the Work with bulleted, numbered and multi-level lists lesson of the Create basic documents free course.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des listes à puces.

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