How to make bullet points in Illustrator CS5

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How to make bullet points in Illustrator CS5
You can use a keyboard shortcut to create bullet points. (Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Designers use Adobe Illustrator CS5 to create graphics, logos and page layouts for websites and paper publications. Illustrator is part of Adobe's Creative Suite which includes other software commonly used in the graphic design industry such as Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Using bullet points makes lists easier to read and understand. Most often, bullet points are a small black dot, somewhat larger than a full stop, like this "•" with one or two spaces after them before the text starts.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Illustrator page with the list that you want to bullet point. Place the text cursor in front of the first word of the first phrase or sentence you want to bullet point.

  2. 2

    Press the "Num lock" key on your keyboard to switch on the number lock. On a standard keyboard this is at the top left hand of your numerical pad. Laptop keyboards may have the key located elsewhere.

  3. 3

    Hold down the "Alt" key and press the "7" key on your numerical key pad. A bullet point will appear.

  4. 4

    Improve the layout by inserting one or two spaces after the bullet point with the space bar so that the text is not crowded against the point.

  5. 5

    Copy the bullet point and the spaces you've created. Paste them in front of the other phrases in your list.

Tips and warnings

  • The usual convention is that bullet point phrases do not end in a full stop with the exception of the final phrase which does.
  • You can use the "Alt-7" shortcut to insert bullet points in other programmes such as Microsoft Word.

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