Keyboard Shortcuts to Insert Bullets in Windows and Mac

Bullets are the easy way to write your opinion point by point. There are many different ways to insert bullets on your Windows and Mac documents. In this article, let us explore all possible ways to insert bullets in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and also on Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

Types of Bullets

You can use different styles of bullets for different purposes:

  • Symbols – generally bullet point symbols are used for unordered list
  • Numbers – use numbers for ordered list with counts
  • Letters – similar to ordered list, with letters instead of numbers
  • Custom images – small images in front of the sentences and aligned properly
  • Font icons – generally used on web documents for showcasing

As you can see, above bullet points are useful to put our content in a simple way.

Inserting Bullets in Windows Documents

Follow one of the below instructions to insert bullets in Windows based documents.

#1 – Insert from Paragraph Group

The easy and common way is to insert a bullet from the “Home” menu under “Paragraph” group. You can choose unordered, numbered or multilevel bullet list.

Insert Bullets in Word
Insert Bullets in Word

If you don’t like the existing bullet options, then click on the small arrow in the bullets / numbering / multilevel list. Choose “Define New….” Option. You can choose symbol, picture or font as your bullet.

  • Click on “Symbol” button to the popup showing many special symbols. Change the “Font” to Windings and find more beautiful bullet symbols for you.
  • Let’s say you want to use clubs symbol used in cards suit as your bullet. Choose “Clubs” symbol from the list.
  • Click OK to apply your changes.
  • You will see the clubs symbol appears in the bullets dropdown.
  • Choose the clubs symbol from the bullet and start using on your document.
Define New Symbol as Bullet
Define New Symbol as Bullet

Note: Use tab to create threaded bullets with indentation. Word will create a new bullet symbol for each indent to show it different.

#2 – AutoFormat Options

Word and PowerPoint documents has an AutoCorrect option to insert bullets automatically. For example, type 1 then . and press space to create a numbered bulleted list. Similar to numbered list, you can also use other symbols like hyphen or letters to insert bullets. For example, type hyphen and press spacebar to create a bullets with hyphen. You will see the AutoCorrect options when you type like this.  

Choose “Control AutoFormat Options” to change the settings, if you don’t want Word, Outlook or PowerPoint to create bullets automatically.

AutoFormat Options
AutoFormat Options

#3 – Alt Code Keyboard Shortcuts

The above two methods are the correct way to insert bullets. Because it will create bullets for each new line automatically. However, if you want to manually create bullets for few lines then you can use alt code shortcuts for this purpose. Below are some of the bullets shortcuts which you can use for typing bullets.

  • Use the alt key and the decimal number keys from numeric pad.
  • Alternatively, type the hex code then alt and x keys on Word documents.
BulletAlt + 82262022
Triangle BulletAlt + 82272023
Hyphen BulletAlt + 82592043
Black Leftwards BulletAlt + 8268204C
Black Leftwards BulletAlt + 8269204D
Bullet OperatorAlt + 87292219
Inverse BulletAlt + 968825D8
White BulletAlt + 970225E6
Reversed Rotated Floral Heart BulletAlt + 97532619
Rotated Heavy Black Heart BulletAlt + 100852765
Rotated Floral Heart BulletAlt + 100872767
Circled White BulletAlt + 1068629BE
⦿Circled BulletAlt + 1068729BF
Black Circle BulletAlt + 967925CF

#4 – Insert Bullets on Microsoft Excel Worksheet

Bullets are meant for text documents and not for number processing software like Excel. However, if you want to add bullets in the Excel worksheet cell, the simple option is to type on Word and copy the content.

  • On your Excel, double click on a cell and past the bulleted list.
  • You can also manually use symbols like asterisk * and add bullets.
  • Press “Alt + Enter” inside a cell to create a new line.
  • Remember not to use hyphens as bullets as Excel will show formula error when you start a cell with hyphen.

Inserting Bullets in Mac Documents

#1 – Insert from Menu

On Mac documents with Pages or Keynote, you can insert bullets from the formatting sidebar. Select text or image bullet and choose the type to insert.

Select Bullet List in Pages
Select Bullet List in Pages

#2 – Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts for Bullets in Pages

When you choose the bullet type, click on the small arrow at the end. Choose “Shortcut” option and select the function key for the bullet.

Assign Shortcut for Bullets in Mac Pages
Assign Shortcut for Bullets in Mac Pages

After setup your shortcut, press Fn + F1 to F8 key to insert the corresponding bullet symbol.

#3 – Using Hyphens

Similar to Windows documents, you can also type hyphen to insert bullets on Pages and Keynote. However, the difference in Mac is that you need to type the content and press enter key to create a bulleted list.

#4 – Option or Alt Code Shortcuts

Use alt or option code shortcuts to insert bullet symbols in Mac. Hold option key and type the hex code in the above table to produce bullet symbols. In order to use this, you should have enabled Unicode Hex Input method as your keyboard input. For example, Option + 25CF will produce black circle bullet like ●.

Download Shortcuts Image

Right click and download the below image to your computer to keep it as a reference for all bullet symbols.

Shortcuts for Bullet Symbols
Shortcuts for Bullet Symbols

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  1. #2 – Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts for Bullets in Pages

    when I do this, it works but it doesn’t save as a default and I have to redo the shortcuts for each bullet point every time I open a new document which is really annoying (I only use 3 shortcuts but still). How can I make it the default across all pages documents?


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