Microsoft Word is a very rich and complicated piece of software built over a decade of research, however with that research comes complexity for the users. The more features you add to a piece of software, the harder it gets to use it. The only solution to that is having courses and training to use such software – you would think that typing a letter shouldn’t be that hard but Microsoft Word is a lot more than just for typing letters. In this post I will tell you how to Add Pictures as Bullets in Microsoft Word.
Hopefully, this article will spare you the training and show you how you could use pictures for bullet points in Microsoft Word.
Add Pictures as Bullets in Microsoft Word
Add picture bullet points to an existing list
If you already have a bullet point list ready and just want to change what the points look like, this is how you to do it:
- Open your document in Word and select the items in the list you want to add a picture bullet point on.
- Click Bullets and Numbering under the Format menu and then click on Bulleted tab then click Picture.
- In the dialogue box that appears next, select the picture bullet that you want to use or use the Import button to add a custom picture.
That should add the picture bullet points to your existing list of items.
Use picture bullet points for a new list
You might want to start with your custom list while you are building your document instead of working it in at a later time, this is how you do it:
- Open your document in Word and click on Bullets and Numbering under the Format
- Now click on Picture and in the dialogue box that opens select the picture bullet that you want to use or use the Import button to add a custom picture.
- Now select the picture in the Customized Bulleted List box and click OK, if you want to add another item in the list you can simply repeat the steps.
- To finish the list, press Enter on your keyboard two times.
This should let you create a new list with customized picture bullet points with ease.
Make a multi-level pictured bullet list
Sometimes you want to have more freedom with the way your document looks – the little differences between the bullet points in your lists matter a lot when you are trying to present something at its best, so knowing how to nest your custom bullet points is essential. This is how you do it:
- Open your document in Word and click on Bullets and Numbering under the Format menu, then click on the Outline Numbered
- Now click on any list style you like, including any existing custom pictured bullet style and then click Customize.
- For the level, pick 1 and then pick a new or existing picture for the bullets.
- Repeat the last two steps to add more levels to your list, remember to select a different level every time.
- When you are done, click OK.
Now it should use your custom style for the list – level 1 will show the pictured bullet that you set up for the first level, and so on. Of course, to move to the 2nd level you have to click on Increase Indent and Decrease Indent to achieve the opposite. It should use the pictured bullet styles that you set for each level.
Hopefully, that helped you grasp the basics of it – there are tonnes of other things you could do with bulleted lists in Word. There is a reason Microsoft Office is considered as the best product on the market to create office documents. The features it offers and the possibilities it gives you are infinite – everything can be customized and changed to as you want it, as long as you know what you are doing and how to achieve what you want to do.
Word features many other complex features that could come handy at some point, so a formal training is still a good thing to have if you are going to use Office often. Microsoft has attempted to make their software easier to use and make features more accessible – the uplift with the infamous Ribbon UI in Office 2007 was part of this, but no amount of refining will make this piece of software simple to use because of how advanced it is.