How to Customize the Bullets in a Bulleted List in Word

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By default, the plain black circular bullets are used when creating bulleted lists. However, you can customize your bulleted lists. We will show you how to change the symbol used as the bullets on the list and how to change the color of the bullets.

NOTE: We used Word 2016 to illustrate this feature.

Highlight the bulleted list you want to customize and make sure the “Home” tab is active on the ribbon. Click the down arrow on the “Bullets” button in the “Paragraph” section.

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A few symbols display in the “Bullet Library” on the drop-down menu. If the symbol you want is in the “Bullet Library”, click on it to select it.

NOTE: As you move your mouse over the symbols in the “Bullet Library”, Word shows you how the symbol will look on the list.

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If you don’t see a symbol you want in the “Bullet Library”, you can use a different symbol. select “Define New Bullet” from the drop-down menu.

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On the “Define New Bullet” dialog box, in the “Bullet character” section, click “Symbol”.

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The “Symbol” dialog box displays with the “Symbol” font selected. You can choose one of the symbols in the “Symbol” font or select a different font from the “Font” drop-down list to access more symbols. The Wingdings fonts have a good range of symbols.

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Once you find the symbol you want to use, click on it and then click “OK”.

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Notice that the “Preview” on the “Define New Bullet” dialog box shows the newly selected symbol as the bullets.

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You can also change the color of the bullets, even if you’ve chosen a different symbol for your bullets. Open the “Define New Bullet” dialog box again, as described earlier in this article. Click “Font” in the “Bullet character” section.

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Click the “Font color” drop-down color picker and click on the color you want to use for your bullets.

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Click “OK” to accept the change and close the “Font” dialog box.

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You are returned to the “Define New Bullet” dialog box and the “Preview” shows your bullets in the color you chose.

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You can also use a picture as a bullet and we’ll show you how to do that in future article.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.