How to create a numbered or bulleted list
Using numbered or bulleted lists can help if you want to make items stand out or show important steps in a document.
This guide explains how to insert bullet points or numbers in a document in Microsoft Word 2010, but generally the steps will be the same in both earlier and later versions of Word. Visit the Microsoft Word support website for more details.
- A computer with Microsoft Word installed.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to created a numbered or bulleted list
Step 1: Open or start a new Microsoft Word document if you do not already have one open.
Step 2: To create a numbered list, click on the numbering icon at the top of the document.
Step 3: The first number will now be inserted into your text.
Step 4: Type the first item on your list.
Step 5: When you press the ‘Enter’ (or ‘Return’) key to go to the next line, the next number will be inserted and so on.
Step 6: To stop the numbers being inserted and go back to standard text, click on the numbering icon again at the top of the document.
Step 7: To create a bulleted list, click on the bullets icon at the top of the screen in the menu ribbon.
Step 8: A bullet point will be inserted into your text.
Step 9: Type your list. Every time you press the ‘Enter’ key to go to the next line, a new bullet will be inserted.
Step 10: To stop bullets being inserted, click on the bullets icon again.
Last updated 3rd July 2019.