Create a bulleted or numbered list

  1. Type * (asterisk) or Shift+Ctrl+L to start a bulleted list or 1. to start a numbered list, and then press SPACEBAR or the TAB key.

  2. Type some text.

  3. Press ENTER to add the next list item.

    Word automatically inserts the next bullet or number.

  4. To finish the list, press ENTER twice, or press BACKSPACE to delete the last bullet or number in the list.

    Tip:  You can use a different bullet or numbering style by clicking the arrow next to Home>Paragraph>Bullets or Home>Paragraph>Numbering and clicking a new style.

If bullets and numbering do not begin automatically

  1. Click File>Options>Proofing.

  2. Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

  3. Under Apply as you type, select the Automatic bulleted lists check box and the Automatic numbered lists check box.

Spread out the items in a list

Increase the space between the lines in all of your lists by clearing a check box.

  1. Click Home>Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.

    Paragraph dialog box launcher

  2. On the Indents and Spacing tab, under Spacing, clear the check box for Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.

More about lists

Change bullet style

Turn your text into a bulleted list

Create an outline

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