Word 2016: Bulleted Lists

Updated 2017.11.01


·       Learn how to create and edit bulleted lists in Word

This is a bulleted list:

·       Item 1

·       Item 2

·       Item 3

So is this:


Creating a bulleted list from existing text

To convert text into a bulleted list:

·       Select the text. Each paragraph will be converted into a single bullet item.

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       In the Paragraph group, click on the Bullets button:


Creating a bulleted list as you type

To create a bulleted list as you type, begin the first line of the list with an asterisk followed by a space. When you press the <Enter> key, Word will turn the asterisk into a bullet (using the default bullet format that you have selected) and indent the text. Subsequent lines will begin with a bullet until you enter an empty line. You can turn this feature on or off by doing the following:

·       Click on the File tab.

·       Click on Options.

·       Click on Proofing. Then click on Autocorrect Options.


·       The following dialog box will appear.

·       Click on the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

·       Go to the Apply as you type group.


·       Turn the Automatic bulleted lists check box on or off.

Removing bullets

To remove existing bullets or numbers:

·       Select the text that you want to remove bullets from.

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       In the Paragraph group, click on the Bullets button to turn bullets off.


Customizing a bulleted list

To customize a bulleted list (e.g. to change the shape of the bullets):

Select the list that you want to customize

·       Click on the Home tab.

·       In the Paragraph group, click on the down-arrow on the right side of the Bullets button. The following will appear:


·       Then select a bullet from the Bullet Library group or click on the Define New Bullet option.

·       If you click on Define New Bullet, the following dialog box will appear:


·       From this dialog box, you can change the bullet symbol, picture, or font, as well as the alignment of the bullet.

·       You have hundreds of choices for bullet characters. Click on the Symbol button or the Picture button or the Font button and select the desired bullet character/picture.