Lists


To create a bulleted list:

  1. Select the text you wish to format as a list.

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On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. A menu of bullet styles will appear.

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Move the mouse over the various bullet styles. A live preview of the bullet style will appear in the document. Select the bullet style you wish to use.

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The text will be formatted as a bulleted list.

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Options for working with lists

  • To remove numbers or bullets from a list, select the list and click the Bulleted or Numbered list command.
  • When you're editing a list, you can press Enter to start a new line, and the new line will automatically have a bullet or number. When you've reached the end of your list, press Enter twice to return to "normal" formatting.
  • By dragging the indent markers on the ruler, you can customize the indenting of your list and the distance between the text and the bullet or number.

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To create a numbered list:

 

When you need to organize text into a numbered list, Word offers several numbering options. You can format your list with numbers, letters, or Roman numerals.

  1. Select the text you wish to format as a list.

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On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Numbering command. A menu of numbering styles will appear.

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Move the mouse over the various numbering styles. A live preview of the numbering style will appear in the document. Select the numbering style you wish to use.

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The text will format as a numbered list.

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To restart a numbered list:

 

If you want to restart the numbering of a list, Word has a Restart at 1 option. It can be applied to numeric andalphabetical lists.

  1. Right-click the list item that you would like to restart the numbering for, then select Restart at 1 from the menu that appears.

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The list numbering will restart.

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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 wish to format.

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On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet...from the drop-down menu.

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The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Symbol... button.

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  1. The Symbol dialog box will appear.
  2. Click the Font drop-down box and select a font. The Wingdings and Symbol fonts are good choices because they have many useful symbols.
  3. Select the desired symbol, then click OK.

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The symbol will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.

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The symbol will appear in the list.

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To change the bullet color:

  1. Select an existing list you wish to format.

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On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet...from the drop-down menu.

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The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Font button.

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  1. The Font dialog box will appear. Click the Font Color drop-down box. A menu of font colors will appear.
  2. Select the desired color, then click OK.
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  4. The bullet color will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.

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The bullet color will change in the list.

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To use a picture as a bullet:

  1. Select an existing list you wish to format.

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On the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command. Select Define New Bullet...from the drop-down menu.

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The Define New Bullet dialog box will appear. Click the Picture button.

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  1. 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.
  2. In our example, we'll click Browse to locate a picture stored on our computer.

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The Insert Picture dialog box will appear. Locate and select the desired image file, then click Insert.

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The image will appear in the Preview section of the Define New Bullet dialog box. Click OK.

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The image will appear in the list.

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Multilevel lists

 

Multilevel lists allow you to create an outline with multiple levels. Any bulleted or numbered list can be turned into a multilevel list by using the Tab key.

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To create a multilevel list:

  1. Place the insertion point at the beginning of the line you wish to move.

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Press the Tab key to increase the indent level of the line. The line will move to the right.

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To increase or decrease an indent level:

 

You can make adjustments to the organization of a multilevel list by increasing or decreasing the indent levels. There are several ways to change the indent level:

  • To increase the indent by more than one level, place the insertion point at the beginning of the line and press the Tab key until the desired level is reached.

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To decrease the indent level, place the insertion point at the beginning of the line, then hold the Shift key and press the Tab key.

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You can also increase or decrease the levels of text by placing the insertion point anywhere in the line and then clicking the Increase or Decrease indent commands.

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When formatting a multilevel list, Word will use the default bullet style. To change the style of a multilevel list, select the list, then click the Multilevel list command on the Home tab.

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