How to Create Custom Bullets in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

Change the look of the bullets in your Word document by following these four steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. From the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, select the Bullets drop-down list.
    Bullets Drop-Down List

  2. Select Define New Bullet.
    Define New Bullet

  3. Select a bullet character and alignment options, and click OK.
    Select From Options

  4. The custom bullet is inserted.
    Inserted Bullet

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.