Learn how to create a simple bulleted list using dashes and autocorrect, as well as choosing bullets from the bullets button, to turn bullets on or off, and choose a character for each bullet.
- [Instructor] When you need to list items in a Word document here in Office 365, there's some functionality built in that will automate the process and simplify it for you. We're going to explore lists in this chapter beginning with a bulleted list. There's a few different ways to create bulleted lists. We're going to create one in our Tech Connect document. Tech Connect 0601 if you're catching up from the previous movie. We're gonna scroll down towards the end of this document. Past the agenda. Until we arrive at this area where it says Careers in AI include.
So this is a section all about artificial intelligence. Let's move it to the next page by clicking in front of the C in careers and going up to insert and then page break. So now on the new page six here is where we want to list our careers and if the order is important, you'll want a numbered list. If it's not important, you can use a bulleted list which is what we're going to do. It's not the top 10 careers in AI. It's just careers. So we'll click down below on that empty or blank line ready to start typing.
Now one cool option is to put in a dash and then hit your tab key. Look what happens. Automatically Word is doing something here and this little lightning bolt shows up to tell you what's happening. Because of auto correct, something we'll talk about later, automatically a list is being made with those dashes so things are being indented. There's a space between the dash and where we're about to type and if you click this dropdown you can see we can undo something called automatic bullets and choose to stop doing it going forward as well.
Can also control auto formatting options here. But we'll leave it as is and just click out here past that dash and start typing. So let's type in something like software engineer. Press enter and look what happens. A new bullet or dash appears. Indented as well so the formatting is there. You can type in computer scientist. Press enter. A new bullet appears and you can continue typing.
Let's get a whole bunch in here. Right up to design engineers and if that's the end, you're done. If you press enter again, you get that extra dash or bullet which you don't need. In that case, you need to hit backspace several times, four in all, to get back up because the automatic bullets are putting in the tabs, the indents, the dashes, the tab after that and so on. So now we have our list and it looks okay using the dashes. So these are the automatic bullets, the default. Course, we can change the look and feel if we want to.
Let's go up here and try to select everything including the dashes. You'll see that, actually, you can't select the dashes but just the items on the list. So with those selected, now we can change the bullets. We can do it right here from this little popup formatting toolbar. You can see bullets is turned on. Click the dropdown and you'll see different bullets in the bullet library. You can see the current one but as we hover over these other ones, you can see what they might look like if we were to make that selection. But let's just click in the background.
To close that up. Everything's still selected and go back to the home tab because you'll also see it here. Notice the bullet button is shaded indicating bullets are being used here. Click the dropdown and you'll see that same list. You can even define your own bullets if you wanted to. Let's just go to a nice black dot. Select it. And then click in the background to de-select. Now that's also using the default indents, spacing, et cetera, which can be adjusted.
Click and drag from software engineer down to design engineers to select the entire list and notice on the ruler that we have. What we see a little marker here as our first line indent to the bullet and then we actually see the hanging indent that's being used for the actual bullet. In other words if we were to type software engineering, continue typing would wrap around and stay indented thanks to this hanging indent. But we can increase and decrease the space if we want. Just by simply clicking and dragging.
So we can drag these markers around. We want the entire thing indented a little further. We could do that. Bring them closer if we wanted to. That might look good right there. Click in the background and there's your bulleted list. If you want to change up the order or make changes or insert one after software engineer. Maybe you want to put an S on the end and press enter. Notice a new bullet gets added for you. If you didn't really want that, just backspace. Several times again to take out all of those things that are inserted thanks to automatic bullets.
I'm gonna add an S to computer scientist so everything matches. That looks pretty good. Now if the order is important, you'll want it to be numbered and that can be trickier when you need to reorder things. We'll talk about numbered lists next.
- Opening, closing, and reading documents
- Formatting text, pages, and paragraphs
- Adjusting line spacing and page breaks
- Adding headers, footers, and page numbers
- Applying styles to documents
- Creating bulleted and numbered lists
- Illustrating documents
- Proofing and printing documents
- Collaborating on documents in the cloud