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How Do I Change the Default Bullets in Word 2010? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I got Word 2010. For some reason, I cant change the default bullet to another type of bullet. For example, the default bullet is an arrow. I want to change the default to a small square bullet. I tried this by changing it in 'Define New Bullet', but nothing happens. When I close and re-open Word 2010, it defaults back to the original default bullet.

    How do I change the default bullet permanently?
    • Moved by Jennifer Zhan Friday, November 19, 2010 6:29 AM (From:Office 2010 Application Compatibility)
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 1:44 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    You must associate this bullet with a style (List Bullet, say) and then apply the style instead of clicking on the Bullets button (the Ctrl+Shift+L keyboard shortcut will apply List Bullet style).

    Hope that helps.

    • Marked as answer by Jennifer Zhan Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:02 AM
    Friday, November 19, 2010 6:33 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    You must associate this bullet with a style (List Bullet, say) and then apply the style instead of clicking on the Bullets button (the Ctrl+Shift+L keyboard shortcut will apply List Bullet style).

    Hope that helps.

    • Marked as answer by Jennifer Zhan Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:02 AM
    Friday, November 19, 2010 6:33 AM
  • This may be too technical, but I had the same problem.

    This post lead to the solution that I used: http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/36124529/how-to-link-bullet-icon-to-list-bullet-style.aspx

    Solution Quote:

    • "...intercept the built-in FormatBulletDefault command by placing this
      simple macro in your normal.dotm:

      Sub FormatBulletDefault()
      Selection.Paragraphs(1).Style = wdStyleListBullet
      End Sub"

    Joel M
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:32 PM