Lists

In MS Word bulleted lists can help arrange Word documents so they are clearer. In Word numbered lists can do the same thing.

Customizing bullets

Customizing the look of the bullets in your list can help you emphasize certain list items or personalize the design of your list. Word allows you to format bullets in a variety of ways. You can use symbols and different colors, or even upload a picture as a bullet.

To use a symbol as a bullet:

  1. Select an existing list you want to format.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting an existing list
  2. On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet... from the drop-down menu.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Defining a new bullet
  3. The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Symbol... button.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Symbol button
  4. The Symbol dialog box will appear.
  5. Click the Font drop-down box and select a font. The Wingdings and Symbol fonts are good choices because they have many useful symbols.
  6. Select the desired symbol, then click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a symbol
  7. The symbol will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Preview of the new symbol
  8. The symbol will appear in the list.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The formatted list

To change the bullet color:

  1. Select an existing list you want to format.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a list to format
  2. On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet... from the drop-down menu.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting Define New Bullet...
  3. The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Font button.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Font button
  4. The Font dialog box will appear. Click the Font Color drop-down box. A menu of font colors will appear.
  5. Select the desired color, then click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Changing the bullet color
  6. The bullet color will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking OK
  7. The bullet color will change in the list.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The new bullet color

To use a picture as a bullet:

  1. Select an existing list you want to format.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a list to format
  2. On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet... from the drop-down menu.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Defining a new bullet
  3. The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Picture button.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Picture button
  4. The Insert Pictures dialog box will appear. From here, you can locate an image file stored on your computer or in your OneDrive (previously called SkyDrive), or you can use the search fields to search for an image online.
  5. In our example, we'll click Browse to locate a picture stored on our computer.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking Browse From a file
  6. The Insert Picture dialog box will appear. Locate and select the desired image file, then click Insert.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Inserting a picture
  7. The image will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Preview of the picture
  8. The image will appear in the list.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The formatted list

Not all pictures work well as bullets. Generally, it's best to use a simple graphic that has a white (or transparent) background. This ensures the bullet will have a recognizable shape.