How to Apply Bullets and Numbering in MS Word

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply bullets and numbering in MS Word. You can use bullets and numbers in Microsoft Word to put a list of things in a nice order.

Meanwhile, this is the continuation of the previous tutorial on how to align text and indent paragraphs in Microsoft Word which still part of formatting text in your documents. You can browse those guide if you having a hard time in exploring your documents.

What is bullets and numbering in MS Word?

Bullet or numbered lists, which are also called unordered or ordered lists, can make writing easy to read. However, don’t use them too much, because lists that are too long can be hard to read. Lists should only be used when there is more than one item.

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In addition, in bulleted lists, the first character of each paragraph is a bullet. While in numbered lists, each paragraph starts with a phrase that has a number or letter and a divider, like a period or a pair of brackets.

However, when you add or remove paragraphs from a numbered list, the numbers change on their own. Lastly, the best ways to make lists in your documents that are in order are with bullets and numbers.

Bullets in MS Word

A bullet is a black circle, but it can be any other symbol that stands out in a list. Furthermore, use bullet points to list things that don’t need to be in a certain order. When things need to be in a certain order, we use numbers or letters.

 A bulleted list or bullet list is a series of items preceded with symbols instead of numbers.

Use of bullets and numbering in MS Word

Bulleted and numbered lists are options used to make it easier for readers to understand steps or items. Bulleted lists are a common way for teachers to highlight important parts of their lessons.

In Word, you can use numbered lists for many different kinds of documents, like forms, registries, and even an outline. Nevertheless, numbered lists can be set up automatically by Word, or you can do it yourself.

Furthermore, the most useful parts of any document are the bullets and numbers. This feature helps us decorate our documents in the right way, which also makes them easier for the reader to read.

How to create a numbered list in MS Word

  1. Click on the Numbering button on the toolbar for formatting.
  2. Press Enter after you type the first item on your list.
  3. The next number will start the next line by itself.
  4. Press Enter after you type the next item on your list.
  5. Press the Enter key twice to stop the numbered list when your list is done.

How to create bullets List in MS Word

  • On the Formatting toolbar, click the Bullets button.
  • Press Enter after typing the first item on your list.
  • The next line will begin automatically with a new bullet.
  • Enter after typing the next item on your list.
  • When you’ve finished your list, press the Enter key twice to end the bulleted list.

How to Apply Bullets and Numbering in MS Word

Hare are the steps on How to apply Bullets and Numbering in MS Word.

  • Step 1: Select the text to be converted into a list.

    Selected Text turn Into Bullets

  • Step 2:Click the drop-down arrow next to the Bullets command on the Home tab. A menu with various bullet styles will appear.

    Dropdown Menu bullet Command

  • Step 3:Move your mouse over the different bullet styles. The document will show a live preview of the bullet style. Choose your preferred bullet style.

    Preview Of Bullet Style

  • Step 4:The text will be formatted in the form of a bulleted list.

    Apply Bullet in Text of MS Word

  • Step 5:Select the text to be formatted as a numbered list.

    SELECTED TEXT TO NUMBERED LIST

  • Step 6:Click the drop-down arrow next to the Numbering command on the Home tab. A menu with various numbering styles will appear.

    Drop down Menu to Apply Numbering List

  • Step 7:Move your mouse over the different numbering styles. The document will show a live preview of the numbering style. Choose your preferred numbering style.

    NUMBERING STYLE

  • Step 8:The text will be displayed as a numbered list.

    NUMBERING STYLE APPLY

Shortcut key for bullets and numbering in MS Word

You can use a shortcut key for bullets and numbering in MS Word.

  • To create a bulleted list, type * (asterisk), and then press Spacebar or the Tab key.
  • To create a numbered list, type 1., and then press Spacebar or the Tab key.

Summary

In summary, we’ve talked about how to apply bullets and numbering in Microsoft Word, as well as the different styles of numbering and bullets in a document and what those terms mean. In addition, we know the available shortcuts for using bullets and numbering in Microsoft Word.

We hope this tutorial helps you as you format your documents in MS Word.


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