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How to insert/apply bullets and numbering into multiple cells in Excel?

We can apply bullets and numberings for paragraph easily in Microsoft Word. However, it seems not possible to apply the bullets and numbering in cells of Microsoft Excel. Apart from copying the bullets and numbering from Word documents to workbook, the following tricky ways will help you apply the bullets and numbering in cells of Excel quickly.

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Actually, there is no Bullet and Numbering command in Excel. But we can insert mimic symbols in cells which look like bullets.

1. Double click the cell that you will insert symbols, and put the cursor at the position where you will insert the symbols, and click Insert > Symbol.

2. In the Symbol dialog box, find and select a symbol that you will insert, and click the Insert button.

In this case, select the Calibri from the Font: drop down box, and select the Geometric Shapes from the Subset: drop down box, and you will find a lot of bullets symbols.

Then it inserts one bullet symbol in the active cell.

You can insert as many bullet symbols as possible in the active cell. If you insert hard carriage in the active cell, you can apply bullet symbols for each line. See the following screen shot:

Note: You can also apply shortcuts to insert bullet marks into one cell. click to know more


To batch apply bullets to all cells in a specified range, you can apply Kutools for Excel's Add Text utility.

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1. Select the range that you will apply bullets to all cells, and click the Kutools > Text > Add Text.

2. In the opening Add Text dialog box, you need to:

Bullets Shortcut keys
Alt + 41420
Alt + 41441
Alt + 41442
§ Alt + 41452
Alt + 41453
Alt + 41454
Alt + 41455
Alt + 41456
Alt + 41457
Alt + 41458
Alt + 41459
Alt + 41460
Alt + 41461
Alt + 41462
Alt + 41463
Alt + 41464
Alt + 41465
Alt + 41425

For more shortcut keys of special characters, please visit: http://www.alt-codes.net/

(1) In the Text box type a mark you will apply as bullet. For example, press Alt + 41457 keys successively to insert the mark . See hot keys for bullets in left table:

(2) In the Position section, check the Before first character option.

(3) Click the Ok button.

Then you will see the specified bullet is added into all cells in the selected range. see below screen shot:

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Select the cells you will insert bullets for, and click Kutools > Insert >Insert Bullet, and then select one of bullets from the submenu. And now the specified bullet has been inserted into all selected cells at once. See screenshot:

For inserting numberings into multiple cells, please select these cells, click Kutools > Insert > Insert Numbering, and then specify a numbering style from the submenu. See screenshot:

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    vab · 5 years ago
    Thanks a lot, it helped !! Thanks again !!
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    Haris · 5 years ago
    MS excel does not allow to add auto bullets, you have to do manually and the best way is. alt + 7 ( num key pad) • like this. :)
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      Wanasai · 3 years ago
      You are an angel - thanks so much it was drivng me crazy!!!!
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      angele · 5 years ago
      Thank you! it was driving me crazy and its too late to phone a friend to remind me how to make a bullet point. It is really funny that it only works with my number key pad, so grateful I have one on my laptop
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    Whitney · 5 years ago
    How do you add bullet points if you have a list within a cell without having to manually insert a point in front of each word. For example, each cell has a list such as:

    Oral Comprehension
    Oral Expression
    Written Comprehension
    Problem Sensitivity
    Speech Clarity
    Speech Recognition
    Written Expression
    Inductive Reasoning
    Deductive Reasoning
    Fluency of Ideas
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    Sohail · 5 years ago
    I normally type ALT + 0149 from numeric keypad to get a bullet in Excel 2007.

    Best,

    Sohail
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      GD · 4 years ago
      Just type ALT+7 or ALT+9 simple