Customizing bulleted lists

Word 365
You can customize an existing bulleted list (see how to create a bulleted list) or apply your own specifications to the bullets format using the Define New Bullet dialog box.

To create a custom bulleted format, do the following:

   1.   On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, choose the Bullets button:

Define New Bullet in Word 365

   2.   In the Bullets list, click Define New Bullet... item to display the Define New Bullet dialog box:

Define New Bullet in Word 365

   3.   In the Define New Bullet dialog box:

  • The Symbol... button opens the Symbol dialog box, in which you can choose the symbol for the custom bulleted list:
    Symbol in Word 365

    Note: You can select any other font in the Font list if you prefer to choose another symbol from that font. For example, the symbol Square:

    Symbols in Word 365
  • Use the Picture... button to select the picture from a file or from the Internet to use it like a bullet. For example, the finger pointer icon:
    The finger pointer as a bullet in Word 365
  • The Font... button opens the Font dialog box, in which you can change the color or style of the bullet symbol such as bold, italic, strikethrough, etc.
  • In the Alignment list can be set the distance from the left, centered, or right margin that Word places the number.

Word will show the chosen symbol as a bullet in the Preview zone, click OK to implement a new bulleted list:

The square symbol as a bullet 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.

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