Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Bullet.

Inserting a Bullet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 3, 2017)


It is not unusual to create bulleted lists within a document. What if you want to place a bullet within the middle of a sentence, however? There are two ways you can do this in Word. First, you can follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the bullet to appear.
  2. Choose Symbol from the Insert menu. Word displays the Symbol dialog box. (See Figure 1.) (To display the dialog box, display the Insert tab of the ribbon, click Symbol (in the Symbols group), and then click More Symbols.)
  3. Figure 1. The Symbol dialog box.

  4. Use the Font drop-down list to select the font you want to use for the bullet.
  5. Double-click on the bullet character you want inserted.
  6. Click on Close.

Another option for inserting a bullet is to hold down the Alt key as you type 0183 on the numeric keypad. This inserts a small round bullet at the insertion point.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12492) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a Bullet.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 5 + 9?

2017-08-03 15:40:58

Peter Kirkpatrick

@Mahmood, @Courtney,
There are key combos to press on a laptop to create an equivalent of a PC numeric keypad. Details can vary so you may have to research that. Here's a sample web page to get you started:

2017-08-03 12:22:20

Allan Poe

Alt 0183 inserts a small square, not a circle. Alt 7 will insert a circle.

2015-05-31 18:26:52


Like Mahmood, I don't have a numeric keypad on my laptop so this tip doesn't work. Is there another workaround for using the numbers on my laptop?

2015-01-28 22:22:04

Mahmood Khan

In my laptop, there is no numeric pad. I tried to insert a bullet by holding ALT key and typing 0183, but nothing happened. Kindly advise. Thank you.

2013-03-19 09:01:02



Make sure you are typing the numbers on the numeric keypad. If you don't, you won't get what you should.


2013-03-06 09:51:12


When I type Alt 0149 or 0183 I get nothing. What is wrong. I have Word 2010

2013-02-28 11:30:34

Greta Tiffin

The Insert synbol dialog is great! Thank you Allen!
Is there a place where you can see a list of the symbols to search for a particular one without having to page thru the dialog

2013-02-25 12:44:23


I prefer the bullet you get when you hold down the Alt key and type 0149, as opposed to 0183.

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