Bullet

Updated: 05/03/2022 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. Bullet lists identify key items or denote significance when order does not matter. 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 several 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

Why use a bullet list?

A bullet list is used when creating a list of two or more items, and their order is not important. For example, a list of items you want to buy from a store could be shown in a bullet list. A number list should be used if you're creating a list of steps or directions where the order is important.

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

Tip

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

Tip

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

Asterisk, Item, Typography terms, UL, Word processor terms