24 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2015 4:19 AM by verticalis RSS

    How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?

    Sarah@CEL Community Member

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

       

      Other than using the trusty hyphen or drawing small circles.

       

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Bullet Points?
          Jesseham Community Member

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

          • 2. Re: Bullet Points?
            Larry G. Schneider MVP

            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.

            • 3. Re: Bullet Points?
              Aarmed Community Member

              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

              • 4. Re: Bullet Points?
                Harron K. Appleman Community Member

                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.

                • 5. Re: Bullet Points?
                  shunithD Community Member

                  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...

                  • 6. Re: Bullet Points?
                    Harron K. Appleman Community Member

                    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.

                    • 7. Re: Bullet Points?
                      Jesseham Community Member

                      That and functional, useable search! </OT>

                      • 8. Re: Bullet Points?
                        JETalmage Community Member
                        ...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

                        • 9. Re: Bullet Points?
                          Sarah@CEL Community Member

                          Wow,

                           

                          Sorry to disappoint anyone.  I use Windows XP, Illustrator CS version 11.0.0, and for those interested, I'm in New Zealand (just in case time difference makes any difference here - eg response times).

                           

                          I awarded the first person the points based on the way I did it.  Choosing fonts was also another very good option, instead 'lazy' me went with Type > Glyphs.

                           

                          You may also have noticed that I've got less that 5 posts to my name, so just a newbie around here.

                           

                          Having said all that, you guys are a fountain of knowledge, and I'm enjoying learning so much from this forum.

                           

                          Again, sorry if I left out information.

                           

                           

                          Cheers,

                          Sarah

                          • 10. Re: Bullet Points?
                            Harron K. Appleman Community Member
                            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.

                            • 11. Re: Bullet Points?
                              M.Jay.Victor Community Member

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

                              • 12. Re: Bullet Points?
                                ClearAccess Community Member

                                Thanks the Option 8 really helped. You saved me!

                                • 13. Re: Bullet Points?
                                  Mike Gondek2 MVP

                                  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.

                                   

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                                  • 14. Re: Bullet Points?
                                    Glen Charles Rowell Community Member

                                    You can also copy and paste character if you like

                                     

                                    • 15. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                      Mordy Golding ACP

                                      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.html

                                       

                                      Mordy

                                      • 16. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                        Jacob Bugge MVP

                                        What kept you so long, Mordy?

                                         

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

                                         

                                        So have I, unfortunately.

                                        • 17. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                          Mordy Golding ACP

                                          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

                                          • 18. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                            Matt McFaul Community Member

                                            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.

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                                            • 19. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                              inn0v4te Community Member

                                              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)

                                              • 20. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                                TalalKRafi Community Member

                                                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

                                                • 21. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                                  chanaart UGM-MVPs

                                                  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.

                                                   

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                                                  • 22. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                                    cesaralopez Community Member

                                                    inn0v4te This is a really nice solution. Thanks for the post, however, pasting a Glyph (I tested with a Zapf Dingbat character) did not work. The glyph character shows up blank. Are you able to successfully place such a glyph into the Leader box?

                                                    • 23. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                                      brandbrilliance Community Member

                                                      Illustrator should just ADD bullet support. It's very simple and code can be copied from InDesign. Many people prefer to use Illustrator for single page POSTER or SIMPLE BROCHURE layouts, as InDesign is way to cumbersome to work in ART and TEXT simultaneously.

                                                      • 24. Re: How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?
                                                        verticalis Community Member

                                                        Aligning flowing text in bulleted paragraph blocks - neatly and consistently.

                                                         

                                                        At last - possible answer: on the tabs slider see uploaded graphic for the little triangular margin icons to drag in amongst tab markers (been bugging me for years). Around "8mm" mark I dragged the bottom "little black margin triangle" and also to 8mm dragged a left align tab marker.

                                                         

                                                        Then I can type in 1, 2, 3 etc. and manually tab once and the rest of the bulleted paragraph will align with the 8mm mark even when the whole page text box is dragged wider or more narrow.

                                                         

                                                        SO - it's consistently non ragged and doesn't develop big horrible gaps when the line returns kick in variably (with any change of whole text column width).

                                                        Words are blooming hopeless sometimes, but if you can fiddle about with the concept it should work !

                                                         

                                                        Now I am going to see if I can save this setting under paragraph or character styles - so it's always easily available. All the best, J

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