How to Make a Bullet Point in Line in Microsoft Word

Bullets in documents commonly set list items apart, making them easier to read and sort. Sometimes, however, you might want to insert a bullet point within a line of text instead of at the beginning of a list item. Microsoft Word's default bullet is a small, solid, centered circle. To insert this symbol inline, you use the "Insert" tab. If you find yourself needing to insert bullets inline often, Word allows you to set a shortcut key.

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A bullet point can be a number of symbols, including a check box.

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Place your cursor at the location within the line of text where you want to insert the bullet.

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Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the Microsoft Word Ribbon. At the far right side, you see the Symbols section. Click "Symbol." In the Symbol box that opens, click "More Symbols" at the bottom.

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Select "ASCII (Decimal)" from the "From" drop-down menu, and then type "149" into the "Character Code" box. Be sure that you set the "ASCII (Decimal)" option before typing the character code.

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Click "Insert." Your view returns to the document, where you can see the bullet inserted at your cursor.

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Set a shortcut key if you wish to insert a bullet inline frequently and do not want to repeat this series of steps each time. While you're in the Symbol box, set "From" to "ASCII (Decimal)" and the "Character Code" to "149" and then click "Shortcut Key."

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View the bullet symbol in the Commands box of the "Customize Keyboard" menu that opens. If the symbol is correct, insert a shortcut in the "Press New Shortcut Key" box. For example, choose a shortcut you don't already use, such as "Alt" and "T" or "Ctrl" and "T." Click "Assign" and then "Close."

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Insert the bullet inline by placing your cursor where you want the bullet and then pressing the key sequence you assigned as the shortcut.