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When you display the Bullets and Numbering dialog box (Format | Bullets and Numbering), Word displays on the Bulleted tab a number of different types of bullet styles you can apply in your document. Don't confuse these with actual styles; they are not the same. The different options on the Bulleted tab represent different ways that bulleted lists can be formatted. There are eight formats shown on the tab, with the top-left format being "None." Collectively these eight formats are known as a "gallery."
Over time you can modify the appearance of these different bullet formats. When you do, the format displayed in the gallery changes to show, approximately, how a bulleted list formatted with that particular gallery option will appear. At some point you may want to reset these gallery formats to their original state. You can do so by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Bulleted tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
Resetting the formats in the gallery doesn't affect any of the bulleted lists you've already formatted in your document. In order to change those, you'll need to select the paragraph and again apply a format from the gallery. (Of course, if you use lots of bulleted lists, you'll find it more satisfying in the long run to use actual styles.)
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