Format a bulleted or numbered list

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Word

PowerPoint

Word

Do any of the following:

Change the style, color, or font size of bullets

  1. Select the bulleted list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Bulleted List  Bullets button , and then click Define New Bullet.

  3. Do any of the following:

To change the bullet to

Do this

Another preset style

Click the style that you want.

A custom style

Click Bullet, and then click the bullet style that you want.

Another color

Click Font, and then on the Font color pop-up menu, click the color that you want.

Another size

Click Font, and then in the Size box, enter the size that you want.

  1. Tip: A preview shows the results of your adjustments so that you can experiment before you decide.

Change a bullet to a picture

  1. Select the bulleted list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Bulleted List  Bullets button , and then click Define New Bullet.

  3. Click Picture, click the picture that you want, and then click Insert.

    Tip: A preview shows the results of your adjustments so that you can experiment before you decide.

Change the style, color, or font size of numbers

  1. Select the numbered list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Numbered List  Numbering button , and then click Define New Number Format.

  3. Do any of the following:

To change the number to

Do this

Another preset style

Under Number format, on the Number style pop-up menu, click the style that you want.

Another color

Click Font, and then on the Font color pop-up menu, click the color that you want.

Another font size

Click Font, and then in the Size box, enter the size that you want.

  1. Tip: A preview shows the results of your adjustments so that you can experiment before you decide.

Change the starting number in a numbered list

  1. Click anywhere in a numbered list.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Numbered List  Numbering button , and then click Define New Number Format.

  3. Under Number format, in the Start at box, enter the number that you want to start with.

    Tip: A preview shows the results of your adjustments so that you can experiment before you decide.

Adjust the spacing between a bullet or number and text

  1. Select the list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Numbered List  Numbering button , and then click Define New Number Format.

  3. Under Text position, in the Indent at box, enter the value that you want.

    Tip: A preview shows the results of your adjustments so that you can experiment before you decide.

See also

Stop a bulleted or numbered list

PowerPoint

Do any of the following:

Change the style, color, or font size of bullets

  1. Select the bulleted list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Bulleted List  Bullets button , and then click Define New Bullet.

  3. Do any of the following:

To change the bullet to

Do this

Another preset style

Click the style that you want.

A custom style

On the Custom bullet pop-up menu, click the bullet style that you want.

Another color

On the Color pop-up menu, click the color that you want.

Another size

In the Size box, enter the size as a percentage.

Change a bullet to a picture or special character

  1. Select the bulleted list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Bulleted List  Bullets button , and then click Define New Bullet.

  3. On the Custom bullet pop-up menu, do one of the following:

To ch ange the bullet to

Do this

A picture

Click Picture, click the picture that you want, and then click Insert.

Note: You can not change the color of a picture bullet.

A special character

Click Character, click the character that you want, and then click Insert and then close the Characters dialog box.

Change the style, color, or font size of numbers

  1. Select the numbered list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Numbered List  Numbering button , and then click Numbering Options.

  3. Do any of the following:

To change the number to

Do this

Another preset style

Click the style that you want.

Another color

On the Color pop-up menu, click the color that you want.

Another font size

In the Size box, enter the size as a percentage.

Change numbering in a numbered list

  1. Select the number that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click the arrow next to Numbered List  Numbering button , and then click Numbering Options.

  3. In the Start at box, enter the number that you want to start with.

Adjust the spacing between a bullet or number and text

  1. Select the list that you want to format.

  2. On the View menu, click Ruler.

    The ruler displays the indent markers for the selected bullet.

  3. Drag the text indent marker  Ruler text indent marker , which is on the bottom of the ruler, to a new position.

    Note: Drag the upper half of the text indent marker to increase the space between the bullet and text. If you drag the lower half of the indent marker, the bullet indent marker and the text indent marker move together.

See also

Stop a bulleted or numbered list

Animate bullet points on a slide

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