How to Make a Bulleted List in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

Whenever you have more than two items to describe in your document, consider using one of Word 2016’s automatic list-formatting commands to make a bulleted list or a numbered list. In typesetting, a bullet is a graphical element, such as a ball or a dot, which highlights items in a list.

The word bullet comes from the French word boulette, which has more to do with food than with round pieces of lead quickly exiting a firearm, like this:

  • Bang!

  • Bang!

  • Bang!

To apply bullets to your text, highlight the paragraphs you want to shoot and click the Bullets button, shown here. Instantly, your text is not only formatted with bullets but also indented and made all neat and tidy.

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  • To choose a different bullet style, click the menu triangle next to the Bullets command. Select a new bullet graphic from the list, or use the Define New Bullet command to concoct a unique bullet style.

  • Bullets are a paragraph format. As such, the bullets stick to the paragraphs you type until you remove that format. To do so, click the Bullet command button again and the bullets are removed from the paragraph format.