Bullets and numbering are extremely useful when creating ordered lists in your documents. Below, you will find a short tutorial of the basics of lists employing the use of bullets and numbering.
To learn how to best use bullets and numbering in your documents, follow the steps below:
- To create a bulleted list in your document, on the Home tab of your Ribbon, in the Paragraph group, find the Bullets icon.
- Highlight the list which you would like to have bulleted.
- Click on the drop-down arrow next to it which will display a context menu.
- Select the bullet of your choice.
- Should you elect to just use a plain bullet, clicking on the button itself will create a simple bulleted list for you.
- If you decide to add another item to your bulleted list, simply tap your Enter key and it will automatically add another bullet to your list. Alternatively, if you tap your Enter key and do not want to add another bulleted item, simply tap your Enter key once more.
- Many times a bulleted list is simply not what you need but, rather, a numbered list may be more appropriate.
- Again, create your list.
- Highlight your list and on the Home tab of your Ribbon, in the Paragraph group, locate the numbering icon.
- Click the arrow beside it to display the context menu.
- Select the kind of number or letter scheme you would like to employ in your document.
- As with Bullets, clicking on the ion itself will create a numbered list.
If you had not yet created your list (as described above), all you need to do is begin keying in the text for your list and tap your Enter key at the end of each entry.
If, at any time, you decide you would like to change the format of your list, you will find a variety of options to choose from.
- To format your list, select it.
- Then, under the Home tab on your Ribbon, click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets icon to display the menu.
- Note that when you hover your mouse over each bullet, it will show you a preview of what your new bullet will look like in your list.
- If you cannot find a bullet that you like in the list, simply click on Define New Bullet.
- If you click on the Symbol tab, you will immediately see the Symbols dialog box displayed. From there you can use the drop-down arrow for different fonts, to find exactly the symbol you are looking for.
Still not satisfied?
- Then click the next tab you see, which is Pictures.
From there, you can choose pictures stored on your hard drive or a do a search using whichever search engine you prefer to find exactly what you are looking for.
As above, you can also format your Numbered lists.
Simply select your list.
Then, on the Home tab of your Ribbon, click the arrow next to the Numbered list icon to display the context menu.
From there, you can select the format of your choice.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
As above, click the Define New Number Format.
You should now be well on your way to creating bulleted and numbered lists in Word 2013!