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Audio course: Get to know Word: Create your first document

Bulleted list

You can add bullet points to text that's already been typed.

You can create numbered or bulleted lists to show stepped out instructions or to call attention to certain points. Or, simply, to type a grocery list, school supplies to buy, or tasks to complete at work tomorrow.

You can create numbered or bulleted lists either as you type, or to text that already exists.

Create a list as you type

To start a numbered list as you enter text, you type 1, then a period (.), and then press the SPACEBAR to enter a space. To type a bulleted list, type * (asterisk), and press the SPACEBAR to enter a space. Then type the text you want, and press ENTER to add the next list item.

Word automatically inserts the next number or bullet. To end the list, you press ENTER twice, or press BACKSPACE to delete the last number or bullet in the list.

Note     If the list doesn't start as you type, the feature may be turned off. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab. Make sure the Automatic bulleted lists and Automatic numbered lists check boxes are selected.

Create a list from existing text

Select the text you want to add numbering or bullets to. On the Formatting toolbar, click Numbering Button image or Bullets Button image. You'll see exactly how this works in the practice.

Tip     You can continue a numbered list between unnumbered paragraphs. For example, if the last number in the list is 4, and you then type a paragraph, and want to start the list again after the paragraph, just type 5, a period, and a space, and you can continue the list.

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