Bullet point symbol at a glance:

Symbol NameBullet
Symbol
Alt Code0149
ShortuctAlt+0149

You’ll love this guide if you are looking for ways you can insert a bullet point symbol in Word.

There are several methods you can use to perform this task. I’ll go through each one of them beginning with the simple ones.

To insert a bullet point symbol in Word, place the insertion pointer at where you want to insert the symbol, hold down the Alt key, then press 0149 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key – this will insert a bullet point symbol into your Word document.

Insert bullet point symbol using the Insert Symbol dialog

The bullet point symbol is not readily available on the keyboard. Therefore, inserting this symbol into Word becomes difficult for some people.

With the help of the Insert Symbol dialog box, you can easily insert this symbol into your Word document.

Without further ado, below are the steps involved:

  • Place the insertion pointer at where you want to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
  • In the Symbols group, click on the Symbols button then choose More Symbols from the drop-down.
Click on More Symbol from the drop-down

The Symbol dialog box will appear. This dialog is a library of all symbols in Microsoft Word.

  • Locate the bullet point symbol from the library of symbols.

To easily locate this symbol, use the Subset dropdown list to display specific types of symbols. You can find the bullet or point symbol in the General punctuation subset.

Locate the bullet point symbol from the library of symbols
  • Click to select the symbol then click on the Insert button.
Select the bullet symbol and click on the Insert button

As soon as you click on the insert button, a bullet point symbol will be inserted into your Word document.

  • Click on the Cancel button to dismiss the dialog box.

This is how you may insert this and any other symbol in Word using the Symbol Dialog Box.

Copy and Paste Bullet point symbol

One of the easiest ways to insert this symbol into your Word document is a simple copy and paste.

Below is the symbol if you wish to copy and paste it into your document:

For more interesting options on how to insert this symbol, read further.

Add bullet point symbol to a List

Sometimes, Microsoft Word senses that you’re typing a bulleted list and uses its AutoFormat As You Type feature to help you.

Thus, if you want to insert a point or bullet at the beginning of paragraph, place the insertion pointer at the beginning of the new paragraph, then press the Tab key once, type an asterisk (Shift+8), then press the Tab key again, Word will convert the asterisk to a bullet or point.

Alternatively, if you want to add bullet points to your list, obey the following instructions:

  • Type your list. Make sure each item begins a new line.
Define you list of Checkbox options
  • Highlight all the list options.
select the list you wish to add bullets to
  • Go to the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, select the down arrow next to the Bullets option.
  • A dropdown list of options will appear, select the Bullet list style to apply it to the selected text.
select the list you wish to add bullets to

These steps will insert a bulleted point to the select text making it a bulleted list.

Insert bullet point in Word using Alt Code (Shortcut)

All the symbols in Microsoft Word have a unique code that can be used to insert the symbols into Word. These codes are known as Alt code.

The Alt code for the Bullet Point Symbol is 0149.

To insert the bullet point symbol into Word using the Alt Code, please obey the instructions below:

  • Place the insertion pointer at where you want to insert the symbol.
  • Whilst holding down the Alt key, press the alt code (0149) on the numeric keypad.
  • Now release the Alt key.

As soon as you release the Alt key, the bullet point symbol will be inserted into your Word document at exactly where the insertion pointer was placed.

Insert Bullet Point symbol using AutoCorrect

Yet, another way you can use to insert the Bullet Point symbol in Word is through the AutoCorrect feature in Word.

It is a facility designed for correcting spelling mistakes like thsi to this.

Using this trick, you can assign a shortcut to the bullet point symbol (such as bpsym).

This way, whenever you type the text bpsym, Word will think that you actually wanted to type • and will convert it into a bullet point automatically.

bullet point symbol custom shortcut

What makes this approach interesting is that you can assign any code you want to the symbol and Word will be more than glad to insert the symbol for you whenever you type the assigned code.

Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to type Bullet Point symbol in Word using AutoCorrect.

  • On the Insert tab, click Symbol and then click More Symbols… The Symbol dialog appears.
  • Locate the Bullet Point symbol, then click to select it.
  • Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect dialog.
click on the bullet symbol, then the Auto Correct button
  • In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:

Replace: BPSYM

With: •

replace bsym with •
  • Click Add, then click OK.

Word will automatically insert the Bullet Point symbol into your document whenever you type BPSYM.

bullet point symbol custom shortcut

However, below are some things to note when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Bullet Point sign.

  • If there is any text before or after the AutoCorrect text, Word will consider the AutoCorrect text as part of the text and hence will not convert it to the Bullet Point symbol. For example, XBPSYM will not get converted, but X BPSYM will get converted to X •.