Microsoft Word makes it easy for you to create bulleted lists, so you can organise your text and format your documents. You can create a wide range of lists including unordered lists using bullets, ordered lists using numbers and even multilevel lists.
All of the list functions can be found in the Paragraph section of your task bar, as shown below.
Bulleted lists Autocorrect
Before we explain how to create bulleted lists in detail, it’s worth mentioning that Word will automatically start a list if it detects that you are trying to create one. For example, if you type ‘1.’ it will assume that you are creating a list, so when you press Enter, it will automatically indent the line and create ‘2.’
Whilst this can be pretty handy if you were in fact trying to create a list, other people find it annoying. If you are one of the other people, you can turn it off by going to Word > Preferences > Autocorrect > AutoFormat or if you are in windows File > Options > Proofing > Autocorrect > AutoFormat then unchecking where it says ‘Automatic Bulleted Lists.’
Creating a simple bulleted list
Create a numbered list
Numbered Lists don’t have to be numbered. They’re actually more of ordered lists as you can order them by any scheme you like e.g. A, B, C, D or I, II, III, IV etc.
Sometimes you will find that a simple bulleted list or numbered list just won’t do the job. If you’ve got a lot of information that needs bullet pointing, you may find it more useful to create a multilevel list.
Here’s an example of what a multilevel list looks like…
As you can see, each level has a different bullet point, helping you to distinguish between the different pieces of information.
Defining your own Multilevel Bulleted List
If the options in the Multilevel List Library don’t meet your needs, you can always define your own by clicking on ‘Define New Multilevel List.’
This will bring up the following dialogue box, where you will be able to customise your bulleted list options, making them more suitable for your document.
Unless you are creating a complex manual or index page, you’re more than likely to use bulleted and numbered lists than multilevel lists; however it’s still good to know the option is there, should you need it.
Word offers a great amount of flexibility in working with bulleted lists, so whatever type of document you need to create; it will be easy to get it looking neat and user-friendly.
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