Microsoft Word – How to Format the Numbers or Bullets Within a List



When you want to change the numbers within a numbered list in Microsoft Word, that can easily be done. However, if you want to change the formatting of the numbers, such as make them bolder, then that is a different story. If you think that it is as simple as highlighting the entire section and clicking on the “Bold” button, then that will create the new format for the entire section. But what if you just want the numbers to be in Bold and not the text? It’s not as obvious as it may seem, but it is not impossible. Read on to find out how to do it.

Microsoft Word - How to Format the Numbers or Bullets Within a List

Formatting Numbers or Bullets in Microsoft Word

Step 1 – Open up your document in Microsoft Word and the button for formatting a number within a numbered list can be contained in the paragraph mark at the end of that particular item. But before you could do that, you would have to show the paragraph marks inside your document. Click on the “Home” tab and then click on the ” Show/Hide ¶” button found under the Paragraph section.

Step 2 – You would then see “¶” marks at the end of each item within your list. In order to change the formatting for just one number on the Microsoft Word list, just select only the paragraph mark found at the of the item. Once that is highlighted, you can then change the formatting of the number as you wish. You can change the font style, change its color, change its font size, and many others.

Step 3 – Should you want to change the formatting for more than one number, but not all of them, then hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while you select the paragraph marks. Hence, you can change, say the formatting on number 1, 3, and 5 when you do this. Once the desired paragraph marks are highlighted, you can then proceed by changing their formatting.

Step 4 – Should you want to change all the formatting on all of the numbers within the list found inside your Microsoft Word document, put the mouse cursor directly over one of the numbers in the list and just click on it. All the numbers will then be selected. You can change the formatting to your desired format. Aside from a numbered list, this can also work for bullets. So if you want to, say change the color of the bullets to red instead of the default black color, then you can most definitely do that.


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