Bullet points in excel are actually symbols which are used to represent text or numbers in a format of list, we can use various keyboard shortcuts to insert a bullet points in excel such as ALT+7 from the numeric keyboard for a solid bullet point or we can use the edit tab to insert a bullet point in excel.
Bullet Points in Excel (Table of Contents)
- Bullet Points
- Using Keyboard Shortcut
- Using Symbol Menu
- Copying from Word File
- Using Excel Formula
- Creating Custom Bullet Points
Excel Bullet Points
In this article, we are going to discuss what are the Bullet points in Excel, what are their uses and where they are used? As we know that Microsoft Excel is mainly used for numerical data but it is also used to work with data having text such as to-do list, bulletin boards workflows, etc. So it’s really important to represent the information in the right way. And this can be done by making steps or lists using the bullet points so it would be easier to read the information.
Bullet points can be utilized to feature key issues. We would use the bullet points when it’s not vital that things on the list are in a specific order. There are many different ways in which we can use the bullet point to highlight text data or key issues. Sometimes, the bullet list starts with the capitalize word but don’t have a full stop.
School is organizing a trip next Thursday, children will need to bring:
- Packed lunch and drink
- Trainers or walking shoes
- Notebook and pen
- Waterproof clothing in case of rain
Unfortunately, Excel doesn’t provide the in-built characteristic for bullet points like the Mircosoft Word do. In any case, that doesn’t mean there is no real way to embed bullet points in Excel. There are different ways to insert bullet points in Excel.
How to Add Bullet Points in Excel?
Let’s see some simple examples of how to insert bullet points in excel.
Add Bullet Points – Example #1
Inserting Bullet Points using Keyboard Shortcuts
The fastest way to insert a bullet point is a keyboard excel shortcut.
Select the cell in which you want to insert the point, then press the Alt + 7 or Alt + 0149 for a solid bullet.
There are many different types of fancy bullet we can insert in excel.
To copy the bullet into other cells we can drag the fill handle to copy it to the alongside cells.
The cells which are not adjacent we can copy paste the bullet point to it by copying the bullet using Ctrl + C and press Ctrl + V in order to paste the copied bullet.
Add Bullet Points – Example #2
Adding Bullet Point in Excel Cell using Symbol Menu
If you don’t have a numpad or don’t remember the key combination, using the symbol menu is the quickest way to insert bullet points.
- Click on the Insert tab, then select the Symbols group at last and click on
- A symbol dialog box will appear on the screen
- Select the cell in which you want to insert the bullet point.
- Click on the symbol you would like to use for a bullet point.
- Click on Insert button to insert.
Now that the Symbol will be inserted in the selected cell.
Add Bullet Points – Example #3
Copying a Bullet List from Word File
Suppose we have already created a bullet list in Word, we can copy all the lists and can paste it in the Excel.
- Simply, select the bullet list in Word.
- Press Ctrl + C to copy it.
- Select the cell in which you want to insert the bullet point in excel.
- To paste the list press Ctrl + V. This will paste all the lists along with the bullet points.
Add Bullet Points – Example #4
Inserting Bullet Points in Excel Cell using Excel Formula
Suppose, at the same time we want to insert multiple bullet points, we can use CHAR function.
CHAR function will return the specific character based on a set of charters used by the computer.
As we have seen above that code 0149 is used for the round filled bullet. So here it goes with the CHAR formula:
- Select the cells where you want to fill the bullet.
- Write the =CHAR function
- Write the number 149, then close the round bracket and press enter key.
Add Bullet Points – Example #5
Creating Custom Bullet Points in Excel
Custom number format will help you spare the difficulty of inserting bullet points again and again and help you to automatically insert the bullet points in Excel.
Let’s see how this custom bullet format works:
- Select the cell where you want to insert the bullet point.
- Choose Format cells from Context menu, by clicking the right button of mouse or press Ctrl + 1.
- Select the Number tab and click on custom from category.
- Under the type text box write “Bullet point” or Alt+7 and write ‘@’ as a text place holder.
- Then click OK, it will add bullet point in the excel cell.
Things to Remember
- Bullet points are used to display key features of some issue.
- It is used when the order of the list is not important.
This has been a guide to Bullet Points in Excel Cell. Here we discussed how to add Bullet Points in Excel cell using various methods with examples. You can learn more about excel functions from the following articles –