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 and 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.
    Selecting 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.
    Defining a new bullet
  3. The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Symbol button.
    Clicking 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.
    Selecting a symbol
  7. The symbol will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.
    Preview of the new symbol
  8. The symbol will appear in the list.
    The formatted list

To change the bullet color:

  1. Select an existing list you want to format.
    Selecting a 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.
    Selecting Define New Bullet in the Bullet menu
  3. The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Font button.
    Clicking 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.
    Changing the bullet color
  6. The bullet color will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.
    Clicking OK
  7. The bullet color will change in the list.
    The new bullet color