How to Create Bulleted and Numbered Lists in Word 2013

By Lois Lowe

Word 2013 makes it easy to create bulleted and numbered lists in your documents. A bulleted list is a list in which each paragraph is preceded by a symbol. A numbered list is a list in which each paragraph is preceded by a number.

  • Use a bulleted list when the order of list items isn’t significant. The same bullet character (such as ) is used in front of each item. You might use a bulleted list for a packing list for a trip, for example, or a go-forward list.

  • Use a numbered list when the order of list items is significant and a sequential step number is used to indicate order. For example, a numbered list might contain the steps for a recipe or a meeting agenda.

You can create a list from existing paragraphs, or you can turn on the list feature and type the list as you go. Either way, you’re working with the Bullets button or the Numbering button on the Home tab.

  1. Open a document that needs a list.

  2. Select the list of items. In this example, the four benefits of Time Out Sports, starting with “Free in-home setup . . .” and then choose Home→Numbering.

    The list becomes numbered.

  3. Click the Bullets button.

    The list switches to a bulleted list.

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