How to Make a Bullet Point Using the Alt Key

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How to Make a Bullet Point Using the Alt Key
Use your numeric keypad to insert a bullet with the Alt key. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If your work involves computers and drafting documents, you likely use symbols on a regular basis. Most keyboards include keys for symbols such as per cent (%) and ampersand (&), but other frequently used symbols, such as the bullet used to itemise lists, do not have specific keys. There are various ways to insert a bullet into your document, but if you're looking for a shortcut via the Alt key, here's the secret: use your numeric keypad.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Keyboard with numeric keyboard extension (included in most keyboards)

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  1. 1

    Open a document in which you want to add a bullet via "Alt," such as Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Click your cursor in the place of your document you want to add a bullet.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "Alt" key and then click "7" on the numeric keypad.

  4. 4

    Release both keys and a bullet will appear in your document. If a bullet does not appear, click the "Num Lock" key in the top-left of your numeric keypad to activate it, and repeat this step.

Tips and warnings

  • A keyboard with a numeric keypad will have a series of numbers like a calculator (instead of on top of the letter keys) next to the standard keypad. When the numeric keypad is on, the keys function like a standard calculator to input numbers and mathematical functions, such as addition (+) and multiplication (*). When the numeric keypad is off, it functions for navigation using the arrow and page navigation keys, such as "Pg Dn."

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