In this video, learn how to create a simple bulleted list using dashes and autocorrect, as well as how to choose bullets from the bullets button, to both turn bullets on or off, and choose a character for each bullet.
- [Instructor] At some point you may want to list items in a document you're creating here in Microsoft Word. Good news is Word will help you with listing those items and numbering them, if they need to be in order, or adding bullets if the order's not important. That's what we're going to explore in this chapter beginning with a bulleted list. There's a number of different ways to start a bulleted list. I'm gonna show you my favorite way. And we're gonna use this Tech Connect document: TechConnect0601 from the Chapter Six folder of your exercise files because I've added some more text for you.
As we scroll down to page four, you can see some information on artificial intelligence including an area for careers in AI. Well, you can see my cursors flashing there, you can click there too, ready to start typing a list of careers. Now, in this case, the list doesn't need to be numbered. The order is not important, it's just a number of careers. If we wanted to list the top 10 careers, well, then, numbering might be important but in this case we're just gonna list a bunch.
So, here's one way to get started: Word will automatically, by default, create bullets for you if you start with a dash. Go ahead. Hit the dash, hit the tab key now and watch what happens. The dash gets indented, a space is created between the dash and the flashing cursor, and you can see we have an autocorrect option drop down. Give it a click. You can see what's happening here is automatic bullets are being created. We can undo that, or stop doing it from here, but if we want that bulleted list, we'll just leave it alone.
Just click anywhere outside that message, and start typing. Let's type one in here like software engineers. Watch what happens when you press enter: Another bullet or dash is added for you. It's indented, the space is there, and the cursor's waiting for you to start typing. So, let's type in a bunch more. When you get to the end, design engineers, you press enter and realize wait a minute, I don't need that bullet, that's the end of my list. Just hit your backspace key to take it out.
If you want to maintain that extra space between your list, and the next paragraph, otherwise, hit backspace again, and again. You can see it's taking out those tabs, and one more, will take you back up to the end of engineers. So, there's a simple bulleted list, using the default dash and the tab that we started this whole thing with. Automatically, Word wants to create the bulleted list for you, but of course we can change the bullets as well. Click and drag across the list. Notice you can't select the bullets or dashes, but you can select each of the items on the list.
Now we can go to bulleted list up on the ribbon in the paragraph group, or right here from the formatting toolbar. You can see there's a drop down. Now, the bullet button is already pressed, it's already on. Clicking this would turn off bullets. Go ahead, you can see what happens. It's just a list now, with hard returns in between. Click it again, turns it back on. Click the drop down arrow, and you'll see a number of bullets to choose from, including the most recently used one, the dash. But maybe you'd rather have black dots, or hollow dots.
How about squares? Here's some cool ones. So just hover over those to see what they're gonna look like, and when you find one that you like, give it a click. It's replacing now each of the dashes with the character you selected. You can do that from up here on the ribbon, or from that pop-up formatting tool bar. We'll talk more about editing bulleted lists in an upcoming movie, but what if you wanted to number these? Let's change the title here to, just type in front of careers, top seven careers in AI.
On that case, we would want to number that list. We'll talk about that next.
- Opening, closing, and reading documents
- Finding and replacing text
- Changing font formatting and text case
- Formatting text with styles
- Working with paragraph text
- Creating bulleted and numbered lists
- Illustrating your documents with shapes and images
- Setting proofing and autocorrect options
- Sharing and collaborating with others