Adding a bulleted list to an Excel worksheet isn’t easy, but it is possible. Unlike Microsoft Word – or even PowerPoint – there aren’t many visual cues to guide you in adding these lists. Instead, we will try some manual trickery to get the job done.
Insert bullets from the symbol menu
First, select a blank cell in your Excel workbook.
Make sure the “Insert” tab is open and click “Symbol” under the “Symbols” icon.
In the dialog box, type 2022 in the “Character Code” box.
Click on ‘Insert’ and then on ‘Close’.
If you want to add more bullets to the lines below, press ALT + Enter on the keyboard and repeat the previous steps.
Insert bullets in a text box
If you want to skip the functionality of a worksheet and just put a text box on top of it, this is a simpler process than the above – although you will lose some of the functionality of a worksheet as it looks more like a Word document.
Go to the “Insert” tab and click on “Text Box” under the “Text” menu.
Click anywhere in the worksheet to add the text box. To resize, grab one of the corners, drag it to the size you want, then release the mouse button.
Type the list items in the text box.
Highlight the items that you want to add bullets to. To add the bullets, right-click the list and then click “Bullets” in the list of options.
Choose your bullet.
Insert bullets using keyboard shortcuts
Click the cell where you want to start your bulleted list.
For a standard bullet point, press Alt + 7 on your keyboard. You can also use Alt + 9 if you prefer a hollow bullet.
To add more bullets, just click the square in the lower right corner, hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse down (or left or right) to fill in additional cells.
Or, if you want to add your bullets to a nonadjacent cell, highlight the bullets and press Ctrl + C to copy, then Ctrl + P to paste them into a new area.
Excel, like most Microsoft Office products, has multiple ways to do the same. Just choose the way that works best for you and what you are trying to achieve.