Lesson 17: Formatting Bulleted and Numbered Lists



By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply a numbered or bulleted list using the Formatting toolbar
  • Modify bulleted list settings such as bullet style, size, and indent amount
  • Modify numbered list settings, including numbering format, separator style, beginning number, and indent amount
  • Select a character as a bullet

Working with lists

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You can use bulleted or numbered lists to draw attention to certain parts of your publication. They can help you break large blocks of text into much smaller and easier-to-read chunks. You can also change the style of the numbers or bullets in your lists.

To create a list:

  • Select the text you want to format as a list.
  • Click the Number or Bullet list icon on the Formatting toolbar.
  • Position your cursor at the end of a list item, and press the Enter key to add an item to the list.
  • To remove numbers or bullets from a list, select the list and click the Number or Bullet list icon, whichever corresponds to the type of list.
Bullet and number list icons

To customize lists:

  • Select all text in an existing list.
  • Select FormatactionBullets and Numbering on the main menu. The Bullets and Numbering dialog box will appear.

    Bullets and numbering dialog box
  • Click the Bullets or Numbers tab corresponding to your list.
  • Depending on the type of list, you can change the following:
    • Bullet character or number format
    • Bullet or number size
    • Spacing between bullet or number and text
  • To use a different character as a bullet:
    • Click Character in the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
    • Select a font from the list to see the available characters.
    • Select a character, then click OK.
    • Click OK in the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
Bullet Characters


Use the publication you created in the last challenge, or create a new blank publication to complete this challenge.

  • Open your publication.
  • Insert a text box with several lines of text.
  • Format the text box as a bulleted list.
  • Change the bullets to another character such as an arrow.
  • Save and close the publication to use in the next challenge.