Easily Create and Format Picture Bullets in MS Word

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Need an effective and visually appealing way to make text stand out in MS Word? By adding picture bullets, you can add uniqueness and creativity to your documents.

Unfortunately, it's not always as easy as one might think. For example: to create a custom bullet from a picture, you would normally have to go through the Bullets And Numbering menu, and add the picture to the Picture Bullet gallery. Then, you follow the menu prompts to insert the picture bullet into your text.

The problem is that this method takes quite a bit of navigation through the menus. And if you're only going to use a picture bullet once, it probably doesn't warrant all the work involved to add it to the gallery.

A faster method would be to let Word's AutoFormat feature create the bullets for you. Simply follow these steps to quickly insert a picture from your clip art, and you're off to the races!:

  1. Position the pointer on the line where you want your first bullet to appear.
  2. Insert | Picture | Clip Art. Click the picture you want to insert.
  3. Resize the picture to a height only slightly larger than the font size of the bulleted text.
  4. Press [Tab], type the text following the bullet, and then press [Enter].

Now, each time you press [Enter], your custom bullet will be inserted on the next line!

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