In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes a fast way to start a bulleted or numbered list (Microsoft Word and Outlook*)...
Tame your computer - speed up your bullets
Do you ever create lists of items in Word? For example, a numbered list of agenda items or a bulleted’ to do’ list? If so, you probably use the Bullets and Numbering buttons on the Home tab. But did you know you can benefit from the "format-as-you-type" feature to quickly start a bulleted or numbered list?
- Move the insertion point to the location where the list is to appear.
- Type an asterisk ( * ) or type the first number and press the TAB key.
- Type the list items, pressing ENTER at the end of each item.
To cancel the bullet or number, simply press ENTER a second time. This will also remove the indent level.
To keep the indentation, press the BACKSPACE key. If you use BACKSPACE it is very easy to create a combined numbered and bulleted list.
By the way, in step 2 you can also use the SPACEBAR key rather than TAB. But be aware that for numbered lists this only works if you type a number format such as 1. or 1)
Oh, and this numbered format tip works in Outlook as well.
Have a go. It is easier than it sounds!
* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.
23 January 2017