For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 211798.

You cannot use the Bullets and Numbering command on the Format menu to place a bullet in the middle of a sentence or paragraph in Microsoft Word.


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 behavior, 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.

    Microsoft Office Word 2007
    On the Insert tab, click Symbols, and then click More Symbols.

  2. In the Symbol dialog box, click the bullet character.

  3. Click Insert, and then click Close.

Method 2: Use the ASCII key code in Word 2002

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

  1. On the Format menu, click Font.

  2. On the Font tab, change the Font box to Symbol, and then click OK.

  3. Make sure the NUM LOCK key is turned on on your keyboard.

  4. Hold down ALT, and then using numeric keypad, type 0183. This is 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 Microsoft 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 additional information about available resources for creating custom solutions using Visual Basic for Applications and Microsoft Word 2000, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

212623 WD2000: Macro Programming Resources

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