#283 Better Than A Default Bullet

If you are like me, there are times when you like to get beyond the default settings. One easy way to add a little something extra to your documents is to dump Word’s default, generic bullets in favor of something better.  Creating a bulleted list in Word is easy enough, but if  you’d like something a bit “snazzier”, you can simply use custom characters instead.

How It Works

Once you’ve got your list with the default bullets, you’re ready to change the bullet character, as follows:

  1. Right-click anywhere inside the list.
  2. Then highlight Bullets, and select Define New Bullets.
    In Word 2003, choose Bullets and Numbering.
  3. Next, you can choose one of the three options for customizing the bullet character: Symbol, Picture, and Font.
  4. To insert a symbol, click Symbol.
  5. In the resulting dialog, choose an appropriate font and symbol character.
    Different fonts will give you different options to use as bullets. For example, the Webdings font will give you the following symbols to choose from.
  6. Just pick one you like and click OK twice and you’ll never have to use a boring, default bullet again…unless you want to. 😎

Here’s a simple example of some custom bullets:

That broadens your options a great deal. But if you’re still not happy (geez you are difficult aren’t you?) you can try the Picture option and use images like a company logo, etc as your bullets.

Go ahead and give it a try. It’s easy to do and will definitely give you a more polished, professional document.

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