How to Change Bullet Colors in InDesign

By Tammy Clevenger

The Adobe InDesign professional page layout and design application includes many features and design tools for desktop publishing tasks. Using Adobe InDesign, the graphic designer is able to achieve precision in terms of color and placement within a design that is not available with lower-end software packages. One of the features of InDesign is the ability to change character styles, such as changing the color of bullets in a bulleted list.

Create a New Character Style

Step 1

Open Adobe InDesign and in the Character Styles palette, click "New Character Style." A blank New Character template link will appear.

Step 2

Click the link to open the New Character Style. Type a name for the new style in the "Name" input box.

Step 3

Click the "Character Color" box and select the desired color swatch for the new bullet color.

Step 4

Click the "OK" button to save the style.

Apply the New Character Style to Bullets

Step 1

Type the bulleted list using the default of black color.

Step 2

Select the entire bullet list when finished composing the list.

Step 3

Click "New Paragraph Style" in the "Paragraph Styles" palette. A blank New Paragraph Style will be created and a link will appear.

Step 4

Click the link to access the New Paragraph Style. Type a name for the new style.

Step 5

Click the "Bullets and Numbering" option from the top navigation bar in InDesign with the bullet list still selected.

Step 6

Click the dropdown list labeled "Character Styles" and choose the character style created in Section 1.

Step 7

Click "OK." The bullets in the list have been formatted with the new color.