Adobe InDesign: How to change the bullet character on bulleted paragraphs

You can very simply bring character to your lists by using different bullet characters.

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How To Add Bullet Point Characters

First things first we need to highlight the bulleted paragraphs with the Text Tool.

The bullet point characters will come before each line so make sure each line break is in the right spot.

Our Initial Text in InDesign

You can find the option we need here in the Indesign Panel on the right hand side.

Navigate down to the bottom and find Bullets and Numbering.

Where to find the Bullets and Numbering option

Then just go ahead and select the Options within Bullets and Numbering at the bottom right.

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Bullets and Numbering dialog box

Add the desired character and adjust the indents as necessary. Select Preview to view the results.

When you are satisfied click ok!

Final text with bullet points applied

And just like that you have your bulleted text as desired!

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About Ben Richardson

Ben is a director of Acuity Training which he has been running for over 10 years.

He is a Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and a qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

He previously worked as a venture capitalist and banker and so had extensive experience with Excel from building financial models before moving to learn SQL, Microsoft Power BI and other technologies more recently.