Keywords bullet points; bullets; buttons; dots; icons; list; list bullets; symbol
You can quickly add bullets or numbers to existing lines of text, or Word can automatically create lists as you type.
By default, if you start a paragraph with an asterisk or a number 1., Word recognizes that you are trying to start a bulleted or numbered list. If you don't want your text turned into a list, you can click the AutoCorrect Options button that appears.
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Lists: One level or many levels
Make a list with just one level, or make a multilevel list to show lists within a list.
When you create a bulleted or numbered list, you can do any of the following:
- Use the convenient Bullet and Numbering libraries Use the default bullet and numbering formats for lists, customize the lists, or select other formats from the Bullet and Numbering libraries.
- Format bullets or numbers Format bullets or numbers differently from the text in a list. For example, click a number and change the number color for the entire list, without making changes to the text in the list.
- Use pictures or symbols Create a picture bulleted list to add visual interest to a document or a Web page.
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Create a one-level bulleted or numbered list
Word can automatically create bulleted and numbered lists as you type, or you can quickly add bullets or numbers to existing lines of text.
Type a bulleted or numbered list
- Type * (asterisk) to start a bulleted list or 1. to start a numbered list, and then press SPACEBAR or the TAB key.
- Type any text that you want.
- Press ENTER to add the next list item.
Word automatically inserts the next bullet or number.
- To finish the list, press ENTER twice, or press BACKSPACE to delete the last bullet or number in the list.
If bullets and numbering do not begin automatically
- Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options.
- Click Proofing.
- Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
- Under Apply as you type, select the Automatic bulleted lists check box and the Automatic numbered lists check box.
Add bullets or numbering to a list
- Select the items that you want to add bullets or numbering to.
- On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets or Numbering.
- You can find different bullet styles and numbering formats by clicking the arrow next to Bullets or Numbering on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group.
- You can move an entire list to the left or the right. Click a bullet or number in the list, and drag it to a new location. The entire list moves as you drag. The numbering levels do not change.
Spread out the items in a list
You can increase the space between the lines in all of your lists by clearing a check box.
- On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the arrow next to Styles, and then right-click the List Paragraph style.
- Click Modify.
- In the Modify Style dialog box, click Format, and then click Paragraph.
- Clear the Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style check box.
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Turn a one-level list into a multilevel list
You can turn an existing list into a multilevel list by changing the hierarchical level of items in the list.
- Click any item that you want to move to a different level.
- On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Bullets or Numbering, click Change List Level, and then click the level that you want.
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Choose a multilevel list style from the gallery
You can apply a gallery style to any multilevel list.
- Click an item in the list.
- On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Multilevel List.
- Click the multilevel list style that you want.
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