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How to Add Bullets in Word

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To add bullets in Word, press Ctrl+Shift+L (Windows) or Command+Shift+L (Mac). Or click the “Bullets” button on the “Home” tab of the ribbon. You can start a pre-formatted bullet list by typing * (asterisk) on a blank line and pressing the space bar.

Adding bullets helps you organize your lists and makes your documents easier to read. In Word, you can insert a bullet using a keyboard shortcut, a ribbon option, and an auto option. We will show you how to use these options.

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How to insert bullets in Word with a keyboard shortcut

If you’re a keyboard ninja, Word has a keyboard shortcut that lets you start a new bulleted list or add bullets to existing text.

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To use it, in your Word document, place your cursor where you want to start a list. Or, select an existing piece of text if you want to convert it to a list.

Select text in Word.

On your keyboard, press Ctrl+Shift+L (Windows) or Command+Shift+L (Mac). This will immediately launch a bulleted list in your document or format any highlighted text as bullets.

Press the keyboard shortcut to add bullet points.

To add more items to your list, place your cursor at the end of the last item in the list. Then press Enter and a new line will start.

Press Enter to enter a new line in a bulleted list.

To end a bulleted list, press Enter twice.

And this is how you organize your elements in your Word documents.

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How to Add Bullets Using a Ribbon Option in Word

A graphical way to add bullet points in a Word document is to use an option on the ribbon. Here you can select one of the many bullet icons and add your own symbol or image.

To get started, in your document, place your cursor where you want to start your bulleted list. Or select your existing text to turn it into a list.

Highlight text in Word.

From the Word ribbon at the top, select the “Home” tab. Then find the bullet button (three lines next to three dots). Click it to use the default bullet style or click the down arrow icon for more bullet options.

You will see several different bullet icons to add to your document. Pick the one you like best and Word will add it for you.

Choose a bullet style.

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How to Add a Custom Bullet in Word

If you want to use a specific symbol or image as a bullet icon, in the open bullet menu, select “Define New Bullet”.

In the “Define New Bullet” dialog, to use a symbol as a bullet icon, click the “Symbol” button. Then choose an icon on the next screen and click “OK.”

Select the button

To use an image as a bullet icon, select the “Image” button. Then choose the source of your image and the image itself.

Select the source of the image.

Back in the “Define New Bullet” dialog, at the bottom, select “OK.”


You can now see your chosen bullet icon in your document.

A custom bullet style in Word.

Are you ready.

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How to Start a Preformatted Bulleted List in Word

If you often need to make lists in your documents, Word offers a shortcut that automatically launches a new bulleted list.

To use it, in your Word document, on a blank line type * (asterisk) and then press the space bar.

Type * and press Enter.

You will notice that Word has started a new bulleted list. Now you can start adding items to this list.

And here’s how you use Word’s bullet points to keep your lists organized in your documents. Very useful!

Want to reverse the order of your bullets in Word? If so, there is an easy way to do it.

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