How to Change the Color of the Bullets in Word Documents

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Among Microsoft Word's many features is the ability to customise the appearance of a document with the click of a button. You can choose from different font styles to break up sections, define the appearance and thickness of table borders to emphasise content and divide lists of items into bulleted lines for easy reading. One way to add interest to bulleted lists is to colour the bullets while leaving the text black or greater readability.

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  1. 1

    Highlight the lines of text containing the bullets you want to colour. (You will not be able to highlight the bullets themselves, only their accompanying text).

  2. 2

    Choose the “Format” menu and select “Bullets and Numbering” to display the “Bullets and Numbering” dialogue box. The style matching your bullets should already be selected. If not, select a style.

  3. 3

    Click “Customize” to display the “Customize Bulleted List” dialogue box. The bullet character should already be selected. If not, choose a bullet character.

  4. 4

    Click "Font" to display the "Font" dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Choose a colour from the "Font Color" drop-down menu. Click "More Colors" to display a wider range of choices.

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    Click "OK" to close all the boxes and save your choices. The selected bullets assume the colour you defined.

Tips and warnings

  • Though this procedure specifically applies to Word 2000 for Windows XP, these steps will generally work for other versions of Word.

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