How to create a picture bulleted list in Word

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This article provides a step-by-step guide that tells you how to create bulleted lists that use graphical images for bullets in Microsoft Word.

You can add bullets to existing lines of text, or you can automatically create bulleted lists as you type. Any graphical image or picture can be used as a bullet. Picture bullets are often used in documents that are created for the Web.

You can also create a multilevel picture bulleted list that displays list items that are indented at different levels. A multilevel bulleted list is similar to an outline numbered list. Each level in the list can use a different picture bullet.

How to add picture bullets to an existing list

To add picture bullets to existing text in your document, follow these steps:
  1. Start Word, and then open your document.
  2. Select the list items to which you want to add a picture bullet.
  3. On the Format menu, click Bullets and Numbering, and then click the Bulleted tab.

    Note In Microsoft Office Word 2007, click the arrow behind Bullets in the Paragraph group on the Home tab, and then click Define New Bullet.
  4. Use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
    • In Microsoft Word 2000, click Picture, and then click the Pictures tab.
    • In Microsoft Word 2002 and in Microsoft Office Word 2003, click any bulleted style, and then click Customize. In the Customize Bulleted List dialog box, click Picture.
    • In Word 2007, click Picture.
  5. In the Picture Bullet dialog box, click the picture bullet that you want, and then click OK.

    If you want to import a picture from another program or location, click Import Clips in Word 2000. Click Import in Word 2002, in Word 2003, and in Word 2007.

How to automatically create a picture bulleted list as you type

  1. Start Word, and then open the document.
  2. On the Format menu, click Bullets and Numbering, and then click the Bulleted tab.

    Note In Microsoft Office Word 2007, click the arrow behind Bullets in the Paragraph group on the Home tab, and then click Define New Bullet.
  3. Use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
    • In Word 2000, click Picture, and then click the Pictures tab.
    • In Word 2002 and in Word 2003, click any bulleted style, and then click Customize. In the Customize Bulleted List dialog box, click Picture.
    • In Word 2007, click Picture.
  4. In the Picture Bullet dialog box, click the picture bullet that you want, and then click OK.

    If you want to import a picture from another program or location, click Import Clips in Word 2000. Click Import in Word 2002, in Word 2003, and in Word 2007.
  5. Select the picture in the the Customize Bulleted List dialog box, and then press OK.

    Word automatically inserts another picture bullet at the beginning of the line.
  6. Repeat step 4 to create additional list items.
  7. To finish the list, press ENTER twice.

How to create a multilevel picture bulleted list

Note This is a feature of Word 2002, of Word 2003, and of Word 2007.

To create a multilevel picture bulleted list, follow these steps:
  1. Start Word, and then open your document.
  2. On the Format menu, click Bullets and Numbering, and then click the Outline Numbered tab.

    Note In Word 2007, click the arrow behind Multilevel List in the Paragraph group on the Home tab, and then click Define New Multilevel List.
  3. Click any list style in the top row, or click an existing picture bullet style, and then click Customize.
  4. In the Level box, click 1.
  5. In the Number style box, click an existing picture, or click New Picture to select a picture.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to add additional levels to your list. Select a different level and a different picture bullet for each level of your list.
  7. Click OK.

    A picture bullet is displayed for the first level of your list.
  8. Type your list text, and then press ENTER after each item.

    Picture bullets are automatically inserted at the beginning of each line at the first level.
  9. To move a bulleted item to the level that you want, use one of the following procedures:
    • To demote an item to a lower level, click the item, and then click Increase Indent.
    • To promote an item to a higher level, click the item, and then click Decrease Indent.
    The appropriate picture bullet for that level is inserted at the beginning of the line.

REFERENCES

For more information about how to work with picture bullets in Word 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
203893 Only first item in picture bulleted list is indented

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Article ID: 309364 - Last Review: May 10, 2007 - Revision: 3.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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