WD97: How to Place a Bullet in the Middle of a Sentence

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You cannot use the Bullets And Numbering command (on the Format menu) to place a bullet in the middle of a sentence or paragraph.


This behavior is by design. Because Bullets and Numbering is a paragraph level format, bullets are always placed at the beginning of a paragraph. Bullets cannot be placed in the middle of paragraphs or words.


To work around this problem, use any of the following methods to insert a bullet in the middle of a sentence.

Method 1: Use the Insert Symbol Command

  1. On the Insert menu, click Symbol.
  2. On the Symbols tab, click to select the bullet character.
  3. Click Insert and then click Close.

Method 2: Use the ASCII Key Code

Place the insertion point where you want to insert the bullet, and then follow these steps:

  1. Make sure NUM LOCK is on.
  2. Hold down ALT, and then, using the numeric keypad, type 0 (zero) followed by "183" (without the quotation marks), the character code for the bullet.

Method 3: Use a Table

Place your text inside a table. For example, if you want to have a bullet approximately three inches from the left margin, create a two column table and make the left column three inches wide. Place the insertion point in the right column, and then use the Bullets and Numbering command to insert a bullet.

Method 4: Use a Macro

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The following sample Visual Basic for Applications macro inserts a bullet.

   Sub InsertBullet()
With Selection
.Collapse Direction:=wdCollapseStart
.InsertSymbol Font:="Symbol", CharacterNumber:=183, Unicode:=False
End With
End Sub
For more information about inserting Symbols, while in the Visual Basic for Applications Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "InsertSymbol" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to view the "InsertSymbol Method" topic.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Visual Basic Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

More Information

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles


For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

Article ID: 181178 - Last Review: Aug 21, 2007 - Revision: 1