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Creating Custom Bullet Points


If you do not want to use any of the seven built-in bullet formats you can replace them by creating your own.


The Bulleted tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialog box provides quick access to seven bullet formats.


These formats can be built-in formats or customised formats or a combination of both.


You can identify which formats are built-in and which are customised by looking at the Reset button in the bottom left corner.


If this button is disabled when you have one of the seven built-in formats selected.


The last bullet format selected becomes the default when you use the Bullets button on the Formatting toolbar.


Customise - Allows you to customise the selected bullet format by displaying the Customise Bulleted List dialog box.


Reset - Resets your custom bullet format back to the built-in default. Each position has a defined default bullet format.



Customise Bulleted List Dialog Box


Select which one of the seven bullet formats you want to customise and press the Customise button.


This allows you to control every part of a bullet points appearance.


The preview box will give you some idea of what the "new" bullet format will look like.


Font - Displays the familiar (Format > Font) dialog box.


Character - Displays the familiar (Insert > Symbol) dialog box.


Picture -


 Indent at - (bullet position) This is how indented the bullet will appear and is the distance from the left margin to the left of the bullet. This is indicated with the first line indent marker.


 Tab space after - This is the distance from the left margin to the first line of text. This is indicated with the left tab marker.


 Indent at - (text position) This is the distance from the left margin to the second and subsequent lines of text. This is indicated with the hanging indent marker.


Most of the time you will want to make sure that the "Tab space after" and the "Indent at" values are the same.


If they are not the same value then any multiple lines will not be aligned (as in the example below).



Changing the Font


Select the Font button to display the standard Font dialog box letting you select a different font.



Changing the Character


Select the Character button to display the standard Symbol dialog box letting you select a different symbol.



Using a Picture


Select the Picture button to change the character to a picture or graphic.


For more details please refer to the Picture Bullets page.



Things to Remember

  • If you create a bullet point that you particularly like you can easily add to your Normal.dot or to another template.

  • The Wingdings and Webdings fonts are particularly good for bullet characters.

  • By default the indentation used for the bullet is 0.25" from the left margin

  • By default the indentation for the text is 0.5" from the left margin.

  • In all the versions before Word 2000 the default is to align the bullet against the left margin and indent the text 0.25" from the margin


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