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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: Bullet Colour Reply with quote

Apologies if this is already covered somewhere, but a search couldn't find it.

I want to use ordinary square bullets (not the graphic ones) and change the colour of the bullet so that it is different from the text. e.g. I want blue bullets and black text.

How is this done?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you go to Format>Bullets and Numbering... and select the "Graphics" tab you should be able to select square blue bullets.

If you go to the "Options" tab you can select "Bullet" for the numbering, then "Bullets" for the character style and then select a character you want to use which you can colour from Format>Character.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

? I already mentioned that I don't want to use the graphics option.

Thank you for your answer. It worked for me, I selected the text then coloured it using the format toolbar, then selected the bullet character and used format>character to change the colour.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you require coloured (and consistent) bullets often, you may want to use styles.

You need to create 3 different syles: Character/List/Paragraph

Starting from scratch:

Open the "Styles" window (press F11)

a) Create the Character style
Select the second icon ("Character Styles”)
Right-click on the styles window ("New")
Choose a suitable name (i.e. "Blue") for your "Character style"
Choose the “Font Effects” tab. On “font color”: choose at will.
Press OK

b) Create the List Style
Select the fifth icon ("List Styles") on the stylist window
Right-click on the styles window ("New")
Choose a suitable name (i.e. "Blue_Bullet") for your "List style"
Click on the "Options" tab:
Select the “Numbering”: “Bulleted”
Select the “Character Style” that you have just created (“Blue”).
Select the “Character” that you want to use as a bullet. Note: This way you have a very wide range of possibilities Wink
Press OK

c) Create the Paragraph Style
Select the first icon ("Paragraph Styles") on the stylist window
Right-click on the styles window ("New")
Choose a suitable name (i.e. "Blue_Bulleted") for your "Paragraph Style"
Select the “Numbering” tab.
On the “Numbering Style”, select the List style that you have just created (“Blue_Bullet”)
Press OK

That's it !

You can, of course, twek each of the styles at will. I.e. you can create a bullet with a larger font size than the text size, by adjusting this on the “Character Style”.

The main advantage of this process is that you get consistent formatting. If you, later on, change your mind and want a different color, you just have to edit the style. All the “blue bulleted” paragraphs will be automatically adjusted.

A final touch:

The best way to select a paragraph style that you use often is to assign it a “Keyboard Shortcut”. i.e.:

Tools > Customize > Keyboard
Select “Shortcut Keys”: “Ctrl-9”
Select “Category”: “Styles” > “Paragraph Styles”
Select “Function”: “”Blue_Bulleted”
Press “Modify”
Press OK

Click on each paragraph that you want to “Bullet” and press “Ctrl-9”. to aply the style.
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