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Creating a bulleted list

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Video: Creating a bulleted list

A great variety of documents can contain a list or lists. Think of a resume or an agenda for example. Lists can be bulleted or numbered or neither for that matter. We're going to look at how to create a bulleted list in this lesson. And we're going to look at numbered lists a little bit later on. Bullets can be turned on as you type or they can be applied to existing lists. And you know personally my philosophy has always been to get the content in first and then format it. This goes for lists too, so long is each piece of text to be listed is on its own line, this is easy stuff.

Creating a bulleted list

A great variety of documents can contain a list or lists. Think of a resume or an agenda for example. Lists can be bulleted or numbered or neither for that matter. We're going to look at how to create a bulleted list in this lesson. And we're going to look at numbered lists a little bit later on. Bullets can be turned on as you type or they can be applied to existing lists. And you know personally my philosophy has always been to get the content in first and then format it. This goes for lists too, so long is each piece of text to be listed is on its own line, this is easy stuff.

We'll look it both ways to create a bulleted list, starting with existing text and that means we need to open up a document. So go up to the Office button and click Open. Next we'll navigate to the Lesson 9 folder of your exercise files, here it is, for me, double-click it and open up this one up here, job posting 15. So double-click that one or click once and click Open. All right, so here's our document and you can see we've got a couple of sections that could be bulleted if we wanted them to be. We're going to start with this section up here under Responsibilities.

So I'm going to go into the left margin and right next to the first line click and drag down until I've selected every line in this section. So those are the items that we want to turn into a bulleted list. All right, here's how difficult this is. We go up here to the Paragraph group on our ribbon. Here's our Bulleted List button, we give it a click and look at that, we've got our bulleted list. All right, I know what you're going to say and this is the default but maybe you'd like something other than dots or even just a different size dot for that matter.

No sweat. So let's make sure that the list is still selected, if not reselect it just the way we did a minute ago by clicking and dragging from the left margin. Once you've got it selected we're going to go back up to that same button button. But next to it is a little drop down arrow and we'll give that a click. And you can see we've got are currently selected bullet and then we got our bullet library down below and thanks to the live preview, look to happens as we hover over each of the selections. We see it down below in our document. Even though we haven't clicked it, we get an idea what it might look like if we were to select one of these bullets.

So we've got check marks here, we've got arrows. We've got boxes and we've got our dot of course. If we like a hollow one we could choose that as well. I'm going to go down to the arrow here and give it a click. All right, so what if you want a symbol that's not in that list of choices? Again, no problem. Let's do that with our second list here under "Candidates must possess the following." We'll select this list first by clicking and dragging over here on the left margin. And you've got it, we're going to go to the bullet drop down up here.

We don't see anything we like, so guess what? We can define a new bullet ourselves. So we'll click on Define New Bullet. All right. Right here we've got a Symbol button because we can use symbols, we can use pictures, we can even change fonts and change alignments. Here's our live preview down below. I'm going to click the Symbol button here because I want to select from a series of symbols found in this font group called Wingdings. So if you don't see Wingdings here next to Font, just click the drop-down. They're listed alphabetically.

Scroll down to the very bottom where you find Wingdings. And you can see what's selected right now by default, and that's why were looking at the Wingdings font group here. All right, let's say we want it to select something different here, and as I look at the at the choices here under Wingdings, I don't see anything I am really crazy about here. But we do have a scrollbar here so we can scroll through a series of choices, and I'm to go right down to the very bottom and down here, this little X here next to the check mark. It kind of looks like it's handwritten.

I'll give that one a click and click OK. So here's my preview here with the Xs. OK. It looks a little bit different. Maybe we want to change the font as well because they look like they're kind of small. So when we go to Font, we're going to change the size to 16. So I'm going over here to the font size and select 16 and you can see my Xs becomes a little bit bigger. So click OK to save those changes. And I'm not sure if this the best choice for this particular document. So another option is to use a picture that you select from a list.

So if we click the Picture button... here's where we get to go to select from a series of pictures. Of course we're going to have to search for what we're looking for, and you know what? We can see as we hover over here we've got some little boxes and they're colored. And you can see as I hover over them too, I get a little pop-up telling me the name of it, the pixel size, and so on. And if we want at this red box here, we can click it and click OK and look at our preview here.

All right so if you click OK, and deselect the list, you can see that looks a whole lot different. All right. So far we've turned existing text into a bulleted list. Now let's do one on the fly. So what we're going to do is just open up another document. If you've added the Open button to your Quick Access toolbar you can click it. Otherwise you're going to the Office button and then clicking Cpen. And again we want to be looking at our Lesson 9 folder because we're going to open up our shopping list here in that folder. OK, you can see is just the beginnings of a shopping list.

We've got the title up here. I'm going to click down here below shopping list and you can see I'm flashing away over here, indented fairly far, look at my ruler, I'm 2 inches from the left-hand side but this is where I want to start my list. So what we can do it here is we can actually choose our bullet first and then start typing. So let's go up to our Bullet drop down, we'll go down to Define New Bullet. And here we're going to click on Symbol and choose a different symbol. I'm going to choose Wingdings here for Font, so again I'm going to scroll down to the very bottom, choose Wingdings all by itself.

And maybe if we look at- I'm going to scroll up here and look at some of the other choices. OK, at the end of row five here you can see we've got an open box and the reason I like that for shopping list is I can actually, with a pen, check off this list if I printed it out after. So I'm going to choose that one, click OK. There's my preview, I like it, I click OK again. And you can see it's not a bad size. I'm to change the font size now when I'm typing to something larger. So I'll go up here to the Font group, and I'm going to change it from 12, let's bump it all way up to 20.

So that's the font size- what I'm about to type, not the bullet size. Okay, let's enter some items for our list here. I'm going to type in the flour. When I hit Enter, you can see, I get another box, another bullet. I'll type in a few more like sugar, how about cream, vanilla, you've got the idea. All right, when I hit Enter, you can see I've finish my list, but I have to hit Enter to finish off that line, and now I've got a bullet sitting there waiting for me to type something. Well I've got nothing more to type.

So I do have to hit Enter after vanilla and then come up here and turn the bullets off. So just click the Bullet button to turn it off. That's it. So turn it on when it's time to type the list, turn it off when you're done. Next we'll look at numbered lists.

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Word 2007 Essential Training

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  1. 40s
    1. Welcome
      40s
  2. 28m 24s
    1. Getting started with Word
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 23s
    3. Navigating the interface
      11m 24s
    4. Navigating documents
      6m 16s
  3. 18m 39s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 25s
    2. Importing documents
      4m 35s
    3. Saving documents
      5m 41s
    4. Sending documents
      2m 58s
  4. 12m 35s
    1. Using Print Preview
      2m 45s
    2. Using Quick Print
      2m 31s
    3. Setting print options and printing
      7m 19s
  5. 23m 29s
    1. Selecting text
      3m 45s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 2s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      3m 35s
    4. Undo, Redo, and Repeat
      3m 26s
    5. Copying, pasting, and moving text
      4m 37s
    6. Showing formatting
      3m 4s
  6. 20m 30s
    1. Using indents
      3m 52s
    2. Setting justification
      3m 19s
    3. Changing line spacing
      4m 11s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 10s
    5. Using the Highlighter
      2m 58s
  7. 38m 26s
    1. Changing margins
      5m 54s
    2. Changing orientation
      2m 29s
    3. Page numbering
      5m 41s
    4. Choosing paper size and source
      3m 59s
    5. Headers and footers
      7m 23s
    6. Applying a Page Background
      7m 56s
    7. Using Watermarks
      5m 4s
  8. 20m 10s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      4m 54s
    2. Finding synonyms
      3m 37s
    3. Looking up words and translations
      4m 55s
    4. Setting document proofing options
      6m 44s
  9. 23m 19s
    1. Modifying Environment settings
      7m 46s
    2. Modifying Display and Document settings
      6m 47s
    3. Modifying toolbars and keyboards
      8m 46s
  10. 15m 7s
    1. Creating a bulleted list
      7m 27s
    2. Creating a numbered list
      3m 36s
    3. Editing a list
      4m 4s
  11. 55m 28s
    1. Creating tables from scratch
      5m 29s
    2. Creating tables from text
      3m 25s
    3. Inserting an Excel spreadsheet
      5m 3s
    4. Modifying tables
      7m 44s
    5. Formatting tables
      7m 32s
    6. Making calculations in a table
      4m 13s
    7. Creating charts
      5m 44s
    8. Modifying chart data
      2m 8s
    9. Modifying chart appearance
      12m 29s
    10. Creating text from a table
      1m 41s
  12. 10m 18s
    1. Using Styles
      3m 3s
    2. Creating Styles
      3m 38s
    3. Editing and deleting Styles
      3m 37s
  13. 9m 21s
    1. Creating and using Building Blocks
      4m 27s
    2. Editing and organizing Building Blocks
      4m 54s
  14. 26m 23s
    1. Creating a Mail Merge
      13m 27s
    2. Creating a Data Source
      5m 21s
    3. Merging to create envelopes and labels
      7m 35s
  15. 8m 58s
    1. Sorting text
      4m 15s
    2. Sorting numbers
      2m 11s
    3. Sorting in tables
      2m 32s
  16. 10m 36s
    1. Creating Macros
      5m 40s
    2. Playing a Macro
      1m 46s
    3. Editing a Macro
      3m 10s
  17. 10m 13s
    1. Working with Newspaper Columns
      5m 31s
    2. Working with Parallel Columns
      4m 42s
  18. 24m 13s
    1. Working with Pictures and Clip Art
      10m 23s
    2. Working with Shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Working with SmartArt
      8m 40s
  19. 40m 40s
    1. Tracking changes
      7m 40s
    2. Reviewing changes
      3m 42s
    3. Sending and faxing documents
      3m 39s
    4. Password-protecting documents
      3m 4s
    5. Linking and embedding
      10m 7s
    6. Inspecting a document
      2m 43s
    7. Encrypting a document
      2m 45s
    8. Adding a digital signature
      7m 0s
  20. 30m 12s
    1. Creating cross-references
      3m 41s
    2. Creating a table of contents
      4m 8s
    3. Creating an index
      4m 43s
    4. Creating footnotes and endnotes
      7m 17s
    5. Using hyperlinks
      4m 24s
    6. Using bookmarks
      3m 26s
    7. Using a document map or thumbnails
      2m 33s
  21. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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