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Windows 7: How to make bullets work in Microsoft Word 2007

28 Sep 2010   #1
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 
How to make bullets work in Microsoft Word 2007

I know how to use bullets, but if you tab in the bullets, it will stay tabbed throughout the entire document unless you set up tabbed bullets again. When I try to backspace to go back to left alignment, it will delete the bullet and still stay tabbed. Basically what I am asking is after you do a tabbed bullet, how do you go back to aligning the bullets left again?




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28 Sep 2010   #2
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Try shift-tab instead of Backspace to shift the tab to the left.
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28 Sep 2010   #3
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

If you just highlight the line in question then left-click the Bullet button on the ribbon (in the Paragraph pane), it will turn off bullets for that line and revert to normal left-justified text. Is that what you mean?
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28 Sep 2010   #4
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

I figured it out. You just hit enter in the new line and it will push the tab back one. Now I am having trouble creating a tab within a tab. When I hit tab, it just tabs out and doesn't bring the bullet with it.
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29 Sep 2010   #5
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

It seems that you have your bullets set up in a strange way - hitting Enter should just give you a new bulleted line, with the bullet identical to the one above it. I think you may have some residual formatting in your document that is making the bullets behave atypically.

If you want to indent the bullet, the easiest way is to highlight the line in question then slide the tab stops on the ruler, by grabbing the little box below the tab stop and dragging it to where you want it to be (see screenshot).


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29 Sep 2010   #6
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Try shift-tab instead of Backspace to shift the tab to the left.
Okay, my Word is messed up. It doesn't do what tutorials say to do or anything. But I tried strollin's method in powerpoint and it worked, so thank you!
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04 Jan 2011   #7
bherrera87

64bit XP Pro
 
 
Solution

Click on the office button->word options->proofing->auto correct options->auto format as you type --> and select the check box “set left and first indents with tabs and back spaces” under automatically as you type section at the bottom.
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09 Jan 2011   #8
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bherrera87 View Post
Click on the office button->word options->proofing->auto correct options->auto format as you type --> and select the check box “set left and first indents with tabs and back spaces” under automatically as you type section at the bottom.
Thank you so much! Such a little problem caused me so much frustration.
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