Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as a bullet point, a bullet is an asterisk, black dot, circle, or another mark found before the text. They are utilized to identify key items or denote significance. Bullet points are often used in documents and presentations to help organize information and make it easier to read or understand.

Bullet example

  • Example of a bulleted item

Bulleted list example

A bulleted list or bullet list is a series of items preceded with symbols instead of numbers. Below is an example of such a list.

  • Item one
  • Item two
  • Item three
  • Item four
  • Item five

Which programs use bulleted lists?

Word processors and presentation software are the most common, offering different bullet types and customizations. Web pages can also utilize bulleted lists using the <ul> and <ol> HTML tags.

The following image shows the Bullets and Numbering window in Microsoft Word.

Bullets menu in Word


The Microsoft Word keyboard shortcut key to create a bullet is Ctrl+Shift+L.


The Google Docs keyboard shortcut key to create a bullet is Ctrl+Shift+8.

Asterisk, Typography terms, UL, Word processor terms