Bullet Points


Keyboard Shortcut | Symbol | Custom Number Format | CHAR function

This page illustrates 4 ways to insert bullet points in Excel. You can use a keyboard shortcut, insert a symbol, create a custom number format (our favorite) or use the CHAR function.

Keyboard Shortcut

If you have a number pad on the right side of your keyboard, use these keyboard shortcuts to add bullet points.

1. To insert a filled round bullet point, press Alt + Numpad 7.

Filled Round Bullet Point

2. To insert a hollow round bullet point, press Alt + Numpad 9.

Hollow Round Bullet Point


If you don't have a number pad on the right side of your keyboard, execute these steps to add bullet points.

1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol.

Click Symbol

2. Select a font from the drop-down list, type 2022 in the Character code box and click Insert.

Insert Bullet Point


Filled Round Bullet Point

3. To insert multiple bullet points in a single cell, press Alt + Enter to start a new line in an Excel cell.

Multiple Bullet Points

Custom Number Format

Create a custom number format and inserting a bulleted list in Excel will be a piece of cake!

1. Select the range A1:A3.

Select Range

2. Right click, and then click Format Cells.

3. Select Custom.

4. In the Type box, press Alt + Numpad 7 to insert a bullet point (or copy/paste a bullet point), enter a space and type @

5. Click OK.

Custom Number Format

6. You can now create a bulleted list by simply typing the list items. Excel automatically adds the bullet points!

Bulleted List in Excel

Note: use the Format Painter to quickly copy the bullet point format to a different section on your worksheet.

CHAR function

You can also use the CHAR function to add bullet points in Excel.

1. The formula =CHAR(149) adds a bullet point to a cell.

CHAR function

2. Use the & operator to concatenate the CHAR function with text to create a bulleted list.

Add Bullet Points in Excel

Tip: to quickly convert this bulleted list, which consists of formulas, into a range with static values, check out the trick explained on this page (step 4).