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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) toplace a bullet in the middle of a sentence or paragraph.
This behavior is by design. Because Bullets and Numbering is a paragraphlevel 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 abullet 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 thenfollow 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 bulletapproximately three inches from the left margin, create a two column tableand make the left column three inches wide. Place the insertion pointin the right column, and then use the Bullets and Numbering command toinsert 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 Basicfor Applications Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "InsertSymbol"(without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to viewthe "InsertSymbol Method" topic.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button onthe Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Visual Basic Help is not installed onyour computer, please see the following article in the MicrosoftKnowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
For more information about getting help with Visual Basic forApplications,please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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Article ID: 181178 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 08:24:11 - Revision: 1.2

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