How to Customize Bullets in Word 2011 for Mac - dummies

How to Customize Bullets in Word 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

Fine-tune the formatting of the bullets you add to Word 2011 for Mac documents. To do so, just head to the Ribbon in Office 2011 for Mac. First, put the insertion cursor within a bullet level in your document. To display bullet styles, click the small triangle to the right of the Bulleted List button. This displays the Bullet gallery. Choose a bullet style to apply to the list’s current indentation level from Recently Used Bullets, the Bullet Library, or Document Bullets.

Choosing the Define New Bullet option at the bottom of the Bullet gallery displays the Customize Bulleted List dialog. This dialog lets you customize bullets.


Across the top of the Customize Bulleted List dialog is the Bullet Character section, where you see the existing bullets for each level currently in the document. To change a bullet, select one of them, click one of the following buttons, and observe the preview:

  • Font: Displays the Format Font dialog. You can choose from any font on your system and format the character precisely.

  • Bullet: Displays the Symbol dialog. Choose from many special characters contained within your fonts.

  • Picture: Displays a file Open browser, where you can choose a (hopefully very tiny) picture to be a bullet.

Use the spinner control under Bullet Position to set how much the bullet will be indented.

The Text Position portion of the dialog gives you these options:

  • Add Tab Stop At: When selected, this option adds a tab stop at the position you specify using the spinner control.

  • Indent At: Use the spinner control to set the bullet’s indentation.