How to customize your bullet lists coloring in Microsoft Office?


Last update: October 2019; Applicable to Office 2019 / 365 / 2019; Windows and macOS.

Here’s a question from Diane:

I would like to go ahead and create a bulleted list in Word. By default, all bullets (or numbers if that’s a numbered lists) are colored black. Question is whether there is a way to switch the bullets to a different color, say red?

Sure Diane. Please read on this tutorial which is applicable for all Office 2016 applications.

Setting bullet point colors

In Word:

  • Open your Word document, go to Home and click on the drop down box of bulletin in the paragraph menu.
  • Hit Define New Bullet…

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  • Click on Font in the bullet character.

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  • In the font color choose needed color for your bullet point and Hit OK.

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In Excel

Office does not provide bullet option in Excel and OneNote separately. So to use bulletin read the procedure below.

  • Open your excel spreadsheet and select Symbols in the Insert ribbon.

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  • Select anyone of the symbols to use as a bulletin, hit Insert and select Close.

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  • Now select all the inserted cell, click on the bottom right of the cell and drag to insert the same bullet point to the other cells.

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  • To color the bullet point, select the inserted cells and click Home.
  • In the font click on the drop down box of font color and select your needed color.

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In PowerPoint:

  • In your PowerPoint presentation, click on Home and select Bullet in paragraph menu.

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  • Now, click on the drop down box in bullet and select Bullets and Numbering.

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  • Click on the color and select your needed colors for you bullet point.

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In OneNote:

  • Open your OneNote notebook page, click on Insert and select the drop down box in Symbols to use it as Bullet point.

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  • Select the Bulletin, click Home and select font color in Basic Text to change the bullet color.

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Thanks for reading. :)

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