19. Add a Bulleted List
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
13 Apply Paragraph Formatting
20 Add a Numbered List
OpenOffice.org Writer supports 10 levels of bulleted lists. Therefore, as you might do in an outline, you can indent portions of a bulleted list to create sublists.
Writer makes bulleted lists easy to produce. You only need to type an asterisk or a hyphen before your list's first item, and when you press Enter at the end of the line, Writer recognizes the start of the list, converts the asterisk or hyphen to a bullet character, and automatically indents the next line and adds its bullet so you can quickly continue the list.
Writer supports several bullet styles, such as check marks and arrows.
| | Type the First Item
When you begin a bulleted list, start on a new line. Type an asterisk (*) or a hyphen () followed by a space and then type the first line of your list.
If you type a hyphen instead of an asterisk, Writer uses a hyphenated bullet instead of a rounded bullet.
Writer will recognize that you've begun a bulleted list when you press Enter
19. Add a Bulleted List
Continue the List
You won't have to continue typing the asterisk once Writer recognizes that you're typing a list. Writer converts your asterisk to the bullet item on the first line and puts a bullet at the start of your next line so you can continue typing. You only need to worry about your list items, and Writer takes care of the bullets and the indention.
| | Indent the List
When you want to create a sublist of bulleted items, press Tab
after the bullet. Writer indents the item to create the indented list. Keep typing the list, and Writer keeps indenting the list, creating the sublist.
When you want to return to the original indention to continue your primary list items, press Shift+Tab
to move back to the left column.
Typically, a sublist should have more than one item. Writer supports up to 10 levels of indented lists, but three or four levels deep is often as far as you'll need to go.
If you want to change a bulleted list back into regular text, select the list and then click the Bullets On/Off button on the Standard toolbar to turn off the list formatting.
End the List
To end your list, after the final item press Enter twice. The first Enter keypress tells Writer that you don't want to indent anymore. The second Enter keypress moves the cursor to the next line, adding a blank line between the list's final item and your next regular line of text.
| | Change the Bullet Symbol
You don't have to settle for the default bullet symbol that Writer uses. Highlight your bulleted list if you want to change the bullet symbol used in the list.
Select Bullets and Numbering
from the Format
menu to show the Bullets and Numbering
dialog box. Click the Bullets
tab to show the Bullets
If you only want to change some of a list's bulleted symbols, such as the indented sublists, select only those portions of the list before opening the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
Select a New Bullet Symbol
Click any of the bullet formats to select a new bullet symbol. When you click OK , Writer converts your bulleted list so that the symbol you selected appears in your document.