Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Putting a Bullet in the Middle of a Sentence.

Putting a Bullet in the Middle of a Sentence

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 8, 2018)

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For design purposes, there may be a time when you want to place a bullet in the middle of a sentence or between two words. You cannot accomplish this by using the Bullets and Numbering feature in Word. Instead, you must work directly with the actual bullet character.

To insert a bullet you can type it directly by holding down the Alt key and typing 0183 on the numeric keypad. If you prefer, you can follow these steps:

  1. Choose Symbol from the Insert menu. Word displays the Insert Symbol dialog box.
  2. Make sure that (normal text) is selected in the Font drop-down list. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Symbol dialog box.

  4. In the table of symbols, select the bullet character.
  5. Click on Insert. The bullet is inserted in your document.
  6. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1702) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Putting a Bullet in the Middle of a Sentence.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 + 9?

2019-08-07 03:49:24

Ken Endacott

In Word versions 2017 and higher you can insert a unicode character by typing in the character's 4 digit hex code then pressing Alt+X. For example 2D59 followed by ALT+X will display a hollow circle with a central dot. Conversely, by selecting a character and pressing ALT+X its unicode value is displayed.

There are about 140,000 unicode characters so finding the character that you want can be a problem. The web site
https://www.rapidtables.com/code/text/unicode-characters.html
displays them in tables of 256 at a time. There are other web sites that attempt to categorise them with limited success.


2019-08-06 17:08:20

Andrew Miller

What if I need two different kinds?

The hollow version has got to be in there somewhere, but it's like finding a needle in a haystack. The one I can find I have to put as superscript to get it in the position I want and then it's too small and then if I try to make it bigger it creates space that I don't want between the lines.

Please add where I find the hollow one.

Thank you!


2018-09-09 16:02:57

Joel Hornstein

Hi Allen,

Greatly your word tips newsletter. Especially appreciate your giving tips for earlier versions of word (I'm using 2003) for us Luddites who don't like ribbons.

Concerning your tip # 1702 (inserting a bullet), I can not insert a bullet of any type unless the num lock key is pressed. Not sure if that's true for all computer users. When I inserted a bullet using alt + 0183, the bullet was much smaller than the one you get if you insert a bullet using the insert and then symbol keys. F.Y.I., alt + 0149 also produces a bullet, one that is larger than alt + 0149, but smaller than the insert/symbol keys.


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