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How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?

Jun 11, 2012 2:50 PM

Is there anyway to add Bullet Points to Text in Illustrator?

 

Other than using the trusty hyphen or drawing small circles.

 

 

Thanks

 
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    Oct 5, 2009 3:07 PM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    Option-8 on the mac.  Not sure on the pc.  There's always the glyphs panel (type->glyphs)

     
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    Oct 5, 2009 3:15 PM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    You can have multiple fonts in any piece of text in AI. Use the Glyph panel from the Type menu. Click with the Type tool to create an insertion point and from the Glyph pane, choose a font that has what you want and double-click on the glyph. Then just cpy and paste into the appropriate position in you bulleted list.

     
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    Oct 5, 2009 8:18 PM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    look up "alt-codes" for windows, or it's Alt-0149

     

    or you can copy paste it •

     

    this is a windows command, not an illustrator command and works accross all programs

     

    also some bunk fonts don't assign alt codes, so it may come out strange

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 8:39 AM   in reply to Aarmed

    From points awarded, it would seem the OP uses Mac OS.

     

    However, for Windows users who might be reading this, there is also a shorthand Alt+code for the bullet: Alt+7.

     

    It doesn't work in all applications with all fonts, but it should work in Illustrator with most fonts. It should give you the same character as Alt+0149.

     

    •  (This was entered using Alt+0149.)

    •  (This was entered using Alt+7.)

     

    ...and just a reminder that, whether you use 0149 or 7, it must be entered via the numeric keypad.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 8:41 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Harron K. Appleman wrote:

     

    From points awarded, it would seem the OP uses Mac OS.

     

    However, for Windows users who might be reading this, there is also a shorthand Alt+code for the bullet: Alt+7.

    An absolute case in point as to why questions should never be marked as answered. If the OP had marked it answered, it's unlikely, i could be wrong, that you would have entered the thread and provided a Windows solution.

     

    Cheers,

     

    SD

     

    PS: There goes my theory! On rechecking, i see that an earlier reply was marked as anwered! Oh well...

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:32 AM   in reply to shunithD

    I never pay attention to any of that stuff, SD.

     

    I don't want to go too far OT here, but I'd gladly trade away this unanswered/answered and points nonsense for a well-maintained Illustrator FAQ and some mechanism that forces OPs to identify OS, OS version, and Illustrator version before they can start a thread.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:53 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    That and functional, useable search! </OT>

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 10:28 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman
    ...I'd gladly trade away this unanswered/answered and points nonsense...

     

    I agree completely. In fact, "trading" it for nothing would constitute an improvement.

     

    As often as otherwise, the supposed "answer" is not best-practice—or worse. The whole "points" thing is just infantile.

     

    JET

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 2:35 PM   in reply to Sarah@CEL
    Sorry to disappoint anyone.

     

    You have nothing to be sorry about, Sarah. (Well... OK... You might have gotten some more platform-specific answers up front had you mentioned your OS in your original post, but your omission actually made this a good refresher topic for both Mac and Windows users.)

     

    The thread ended up being an opportunity for some of us to vent about the structure and features of this forum. It's an ongoing thing... nothing to do with your question.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 7:35 PM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    hell i forgot about alt 7 years ago, was a good read for me!!:)

     
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:25 PM   in reply to Jesseham

    Thanks the Option 8 really helped. You saved me!

     
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    Oct 12, 2011 2:15 PM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    There are also 2 bullets in most of the opentype fonts. Sometimes I like the fat one better, but have to use baseline shift to vertically center that one. Too bad Illustrator on Windows cannot use Alt 8, it works on Adobe InDesign for Windows though.

     

    Picture 2.png

     
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    May 13, 2012 7:18 AM   in reply to Mike Gondek

    You can also copy and paste character if you like

     

     
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    Jun 11, 2012 5:51 AM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    If you're trying to create a bulleted list with hanging indents, this article will help: http://rwillustrator.blogspot.com/2006/12/ask-mordy-hanging-indents.ht ml

     

    Mordy

     
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    Jun 11, 2012 2:30 PM   in reply to Mordy Golding

    What kept you so long, Mordy?

     

    You have missed a rather conspicuous  rift in the timespace continuum.

     

    So have I, unfortunately.

     
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    Jun 11, 2012 2:42 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Jacob, I'm sure you're familiar with the famous John Lennon lyrics: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"...

     

    Or you could just say I slipped into a wormhole and somehow found my way back

     

    Mordy

     
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    Oct 2, 2012 6:03 AM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    In addition to option 8 for the bullet point, you may well wish to have the bullet point 'hanging' freely to the left of your text block - especially if your bullet points run onto muiltiple lines.
    In this case, open the paragraph dialog box and enter a value in the first field, say 18pt and then the 'opposite' value (-18pt) in the field below that.

    Experiment with the exact value to get it to match the width of the bullet point but it will generally move all the text away from your bullet.

    Screen Shot 2012-10-02 at 14.02.42.png

     
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    Aug 16, 2013 9:36 AM   in reply to Mordy Golding

    I use the option mentioned in this article you posted as well along with another tweak... using the "leader" option of the "tabs" settings in the "paragraph style options"

     

    I created a new "bullets" paragraph style,

     

    Then in "Indents & spacing",

    left indent to 9pt

    first line indent: -9pt

    space after: 3pt

     

    Then in "tabs"

    set a new tab with...

    alignment: left

    X: 20px

    Leader: •

    (paste a bullet or glyph bullet into the leader box)

     

    I like this method because all I have to do for bullets is apply that style and hit tab. (note: be careful with the X value for the tab because larger numbers will cause the leader to repeat)  This is also only really good for non-nested bullet lists)

     
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    Aug 18, 2013 1:31 AM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    Thank God Illustrator does not support bullets otherwise we'd shoot Adobe in the knee for not allowing keyboard shortcuts to be assigned to scripts with them

     
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    Jan 9, 2014 9:39 AM   in reply to Sarah@CEL

    Use the Glyph panel. This will give you unlimited amount of symbols depending on the font style you are using.
    Window>Type>Glyph. With the type tool active double click on the Glyph to insert it.

     

    Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 9.38.00 AM.png      

     
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