Create a bulleted list

To create a bulleted list, do one of the following:

  • Type one of the special symbols with the following space in the first position of the line:
    Symbol with the following space Bulleted list
    -
    *
    >
    ->
    =>
    By default, Microsoft Word automatically changes these special symbols to the bulleted list. You can turn off or turn on this feature in the AutoCorrect settings.
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Create a bulleted list

  • On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Bullets button: Bullet button in Paragraph group Word creates the bulleted list with the last used bullet symbol or with the default bullet symbol: Bullet Symbol If you want to create a bulleted list with another symbol, click on the arrow down on the right side of the Bullets button to open the Bullet Library list. From the pre-defined Bullet Library list, choose the symbol you prefer: Bullet Library list
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Create a custom bullet

To create a custom bulleted list, follow the next steps:

  1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow down on the right side of the Bullets button to open the Bullet Library list: Buttets button in Paragraph group
  2. In the Bullets Library list, choose Define New Bullet…: Define New Bullet button
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Create a custom bullet

  1. In the Define New Bullet dialog box, click the Symbol... button: Define New Bullet dialog Here, you can also:
    • Click the Picture… button to choose the picture from a file or the Internet as a bullet.
    • Click the Font… button to change the color or style of the bullet symbol such as bold, italic, strikethrough, etc.
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Create a custom bullet

  1. In the Symbol dialog box, choose the symbol you prefer and click OK. For example, the symbol Square: Symbol dialog box Word shows the selected symbol as a bullet in the Preview zone.
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Create a custom bullet

  1. Click OK to apply a new bullet style to the list: New bullet style example
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Change the list line spacing

The style of the paragraph sets an initial line and paragraph spacing for lists. To change line spacing between lines and bullets in a list, do the following:

  1. Select the list (the bullets won’t appear selected): List selection
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the dialog box launcher to open the Paragraph dialog box: Paragraph dialog launcher
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Change the list line spacing

  1. In the Paragraph dialog box, on the Indents and Spacing tab, under Spacing, clear the check from Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style: Paragraph dialog You can also change the spacing between every single line by choosing the appropriate value from the Line spacing list and changing the value in the At text box.
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Create a numbered list

To create a numbered list, do one of the following:

  • Type one of the following symbols, then type point or closing parenthesis and space (three symbols in total) in the first position of the line:
    Symbols with the followed point
    or closing parenthesis and space
    Numbered list
    1. or 1) - Arabic numeric or
    I. or I) - Roman numeric or
    i. or i) - Roman numeric or
    A. or A) - capital letter or
    a. or a) - small letter or
    By default, Microsoft Word automatically changes these three symbols to the numbered list. You can turn off or turn this feature in the AutoCorrect settings.
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Create a numbered list

  • On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Numbering button: Numbering button on Paragraph group Word creates the numbered list with the last used type of the numbering or with the digit 1 and the point by default. If you want to create another type of a numbered list, click on the arrow down on the right side of the Numbering button. From the Numbering Library list, choose the numbering type you prefer: Numbering Library list
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Change the list numbering

To change the numbering in a numbered list, do the following:

  1. Double-click the numbers in the list (the text won’t appear selected): Selected numbered list
  2. To set numbering value, right-click on the item you want to change and choose Set Numbering Value… in the popup menu: Set Numbering Valu... in popup

Restart list numbering

To restart the numbering in a numbered list, do the following:

  1. Double-click the numbers in the list (the text won’t appear selected): Selected numbered list
  2. To restart numbering, right-click on the item from which you want to restart the numbering and choose Restart at 1 in the popup menu: Restart at 1 in popup menu

Continue list numbering

If you copy list lines or in some other situations, when Word loses the numbering, to continue the list numbering right-click on the number where you need to continue numbering and choose Continue Numbering in the popup menu: Continue Numbering in popup

Create a multi-level list

To create a multi-level list, do the following:

  1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Multilevel List button: Multilevel List button in Paragraph group
  2. From the List Library list, select the list type you prefer: List Library

Customize the multi-level list

To create a custom multi-level list, do the following:

  1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Multilevel List button: Multilevel List button in Paragraph group
  2. From Multilevel List, choose Define New Multilevel List…: Define New Multilevel List…
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Customize the multi-level list

  1. In the Define New Multilevel List dialog box: Define New Multilevel List dialog
    • In the Click level to modify list, select the list level you want to change.
    • In the Number format group:
      • Change the text in the Enter formatting for number text box to set the number format for the selected list level. For example, if you change A) format to Section A), each list line will include the prefix Section and the automatic line number A.
      • Change the number style in the Number style for this level drop-down list.
      • If you need a complex numbering like A.1, choose the level from the Include level number from drop-down list to include the number from the parent level (or a higher level).
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Increase/decrease list levels

When you type a text in the list, Word automatically creates a next list level after pressing Enter. If you want to increase or decrease the current list level, do one of the following:

  • Use the following shortcuts:
    • Press Tab to indent the level in the list
    • Press Shift + Tab to unindent the level in the list.
  • On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Increase Indent or Decrease Indent buttons:
    Increase Indent button in Paragraph group Descrease Indent button in Paragraph group
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