Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Apply Bullets to Paragraphs in Word

Article by: Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 29, 2020

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

You can add bullets in Microsoft Word documents using several keyboard shortcuts. Since bullets are best applied as a paragraph format, the following shortcuts apply to paragraphs. A paragraph is anything with a hard return after it.

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Applying default bullets using Word’s built-in keyboard shortcut

To apply default bullets using Word’s built-in keyboard shortcut:

  1. Select the paragraphs to which you want to apply bullets.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + L. Word will apply the default bullets and apply indents to the paragraphs.

Applying bullets using the Bullets drop-down menu

To apply bullets using the Bullets drop-down menu:

  1. Select the paragraphs to which you want to apply bullets.
  2. Press Alt > H > U (Alt and then H and then U). A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Press the right arrow to move through the different types of bullets.
  4. Press Enter to select the highlighted bullet. Word will apply the bullets and apply indents to the paragraphs.

You can also select Define New Bullet to choose other characters as bullets.

The Bullets drop-down menu includes other types of bullets:

Bullets drop-down menu in Microsoft Word.

Applying bullets using AutoCorrect

Using Word’s AutoCorrect, you can also apply bullets as you type. This method can be used before you type the first paragraph.

To apply bullets using AutoCorrect (this option should be turned on by default):

  1. Position the cursor at the beginning of a new line where you want to insert a bullet.
  2. Press Shift + 8 to enter an asterisk (*).
  3. Press Tab or Spacebar. Word inserts the default bullet and indent the paragraph.
  4. Type the text for the bulleted paragraph.
  5. Press Enter at the end of the paragraph. Word should continue the bulleted list.
  6. To turn off the bullets and return to the Normal style, press Ctrl + Shift + N.

You can also use several other characters for other types of bullets using this method:

  • Type – (two hyphens or dashes at the top of the keyboard) and then press Tab or Spacebar to enter a square bullet.
  • Type – (one hyphen or dash) and then press Tab or Spacebar to enter a dash style bullet.
  • Type -> (one hyphen and the greater than symbol) and then press Tab or Spacebar to enter a thin arrow.
  • Type => (equal sign and the greater than symbol) and then press Tab or Spacebar to enter a thick arrow.
  • Type > (greater than symbol) and then press Tab or Spacebar to enter a tail-less arrow.

If you are comfortable using styles in Word, you can also apply styles that include bullets.

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