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Bullets, numbers, and lists

Three lists started automatically by typing; an asterisk, a number 1, and a letter A


There's more than one way to start a list, but one of the most popular is where you automatically create lists as you type. If you need a bulleted list, just type an asterisk (*) followed by a space. The asterisk turns into a bullet and your list is started. When you've finished typing the first item in your list, press ENTER and a new bullet will appear on the next line. To automatically create numbered lists, type the number one and a period (1.), followed by a space. This is new for Word 2007; in previous versions you had to press ENTER before the list started.

There are a number of different symbols that you can use to start a list like this, including arrows, dashes, and squares. You'll find a complete list in the Quick Reference Card at the end of the course. Because lettered lists are just another variety of numbered lists, type the letter a and a period (a.), followed by a space, to start a lettered list.

Note     In Word, lists are automatically indented from the page margin.

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