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How to Make a Bullet Point Using the Alt Key

Updated March 16, 2017

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.

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

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

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

  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.

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Amie Martin has more than 20 years of publishing experience in proofreading, editing, writing, design and layout. She writes for various websites, specializing in branding, marketing and technical communications. Martin has an Associate of Applied Science in merchandising from Bay State College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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