Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating a List
Working with Lists
• Numbered list. Good for instructions or expressing priorities, this kind of list
begins each item with a number.
• Multilevel list. Choose a multilevel list to give your list hierarchical sections.
Use this kind of list for an outline or a document where each new paragraph is
a new section or subsection.
Whichever kind of list you choose, Word makes sure your list looks good, taking
care of spacing and keeping track of any numbering or levels.
Creating a List
To create a list, click the Home tab and, in the Paragraph section, click the button for
the kind of list you want, as shown in Figure 2-15. Or use these keyboard shortcuts:
• Bulleted list: Alt, H, U
• Numbered list: Alt, H, N
• Multilevel list: Alt, H, M
When you use keyboard shortcuts, these keystroke combinations open a formatting
menu for the kind of list you chose (you can see these in Figures 2-19, 2-20, and 2-21).
Use the arrow keys to choose a style, and then press Enter to apply it.
You can position the cursor on a new line, create the list, and then start typing. Each
time you press Enter, Word creates a new list item. To end the list and go back to
normal paragraphs, click the list button again to turn it off.
If you’ve already typed some text and want to turn it into a list, select the text you
want to convert, and then click Home and select the kind of list you want, or use the
keyboard shortcuts listed above. Word converts the selected text to the kind of list
Tip: Thanks to Word’s Autoformat As You Type feature, you can also create a bulleted or numbered list by
typing a special character at the beginning of each line. Page 126 tells you how.
Formatting a List
Word gives you several different options for formatting your lists. To see them, click
the down arrow to the right of the button for the kind of list you’re formatting, or use
the keyboard shortcuts listed above. Doing so opens a menu whose options depend
on the kind of list you’re formatting.
Formatting a bulleted list
Figure 2-19 shows the options for the different styles of bullets Word offers. As you
move the mouse pointer over the choices, the list in your document changes to show
how that style looks with your list. Click any button to apply its style.