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How do I add bullet points to text in Illustrator?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 05, 2009 Oct 05, 2009

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Is there anyway to add Bullet Points to Text in Illustrator?

Other than using the trusty hyphen or drawing small circles.

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 05, 2009 Oct 05, 2009
You can have multiple fonts in any piece of text in AI. Use the Glyph panel from the Type menu. Click with the Type tool to create an insertion point and from the Glyph pane, choose a font that has what you want and double-click on the glyph. Then just cpy and paste into the appropriate position in you bulleted list.

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Explorer ,
Mar 06, 2015 Mar 06, 2015

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Illustrator should just ADD bullet support. It's very simple and code can be copied from InDesign. Many people prefer to use Illustrator for single page POSTER or SIMPLE BROCHURE layouts, as InDesign is way to cumbersome to work in ART and TEXT simultaneously.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 10, 2015 Apr 10, 2015

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Aligning flowing text in bulleted paragraph blocks - neatly and consistently.

 

At last - possible answer: on the tabs slider see uploaded graphic for the little triangular margin icons to drag in amongst tab markers (been bugging me for years). Around "8mm" mark I dragged the bottom "little black margin triangle" and also to 8mm dragged a left align tab marker.

Then I can type in 1, 2, 3 etc. and manually tab once and the rest of the bulleted paragraph will align with the 8mm mark even when the whole page text box is dragged wider or more narrow.

SO - it's consistently non ragged and doesn't develop big horrible gaps when the line returns kick in variably (with any change of whole text column width).

Words are blooming hopeless sometimes, but if you can fiddle about with the concept it should work !

Now I am going to see if I can save this setting under paragraph or character styles - so it's always easily available. All the best, J

Aligned bullet paras.JPG

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2016 Feb 05, 2016

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OMG - I have literally been looking for this solution for years!

Using a combination of inserting bullets from the Character Map application ( as discussed above ) in conjunction with the Tabs window ( Window >Type > Tabs ) you can easily create bulleted lists that wrap beautifully and stay in-line when the text-selection frame is scaled.

This will save me hours of layork work for years to come.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 05, 2016 Feb 05, 2016

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Yes this will save time..but still hoping for bulleted list that we can save as Indesign. I have been asking for it forever..as well as "Fill with Place Holder Text"

But for now the technique above is great

chana

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 20, 2015 Jun 20, 2015

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Use the Glyph Panel this probably the best way to do it!

No immediate one like in Indesign.

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New Here ,
Jul 07, 2015 Jul 07, 2015

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This goes to show that Adobe is an absolute joke. Why can't a powerful tool like Illustrator after all these years handle simple tasks like numbering and bulleting the easiest way possible. Why should anyone struggle to create them. I'm very disappointed.

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Community Beginner ,
May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016

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It would be a massive improvement to Illustrator if they would add automatic bullet points. Just simply pasting bullets in front of your lines/paragraphs never quite worked out for me as the text simply never aligns neatly. I usually create a text box with all the text then a separate text box for the bullet points only. The result is perfect, it's just that it would be so much easier if Adobe would add this function to Illustrator.

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016

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New Here ,
Sep 05, 2016 Sep 05, 2016

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Yes you can create a bullet character.  But the previous responses will not indent the paragraph as a bulleted list.  Help files show a bullet icon but do not show how to make icon appear in control panel.  Stop offering work arounds if you do not know the answer to the problem which is:  How do you create a bulleted list.

Ironic that this reply box will let you created a bulleted or numbered list but cc illustrator will not.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 05, 2016 Sep 05, 2016

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lb46585903 schrieb:

Yes you can create a bullet character. But the previous responses will not indent the paragraph as a bulleted list. Help files show a bullet icon but do not show how to make icon appear in control panel. Stop offering work arounds if you do not know the answer to the problem which is: How do you create a bulleted list.

Ironic that this reply box will let you created a bulleted or numbered list but cc illustrator will not.

Please show a screenshot of how you want your bullet list to look. It's possible to do in Illustrator.

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New Here ,
Sep 05, 2016 Sep 05, 2016

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A Microsoft typical indented bullet list:

  • first line
  • second line
  • third line

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Explorer ,
Sep 06, 2016 Sep 06, 2016

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LOL. Actually a bullet list has nothing to do with Microsoft. It's a common Word-processing thing and has been available for ages in programs like Wordperfect, Microsoft Word/Write/Works, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PageMaker, Apple Pages and is even a common tag in HTML (ul/li).

Example:

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 06, 2016 Sep 06, 2016

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lb46585903 schrieb:

A Microsoft typical indented bullet list:

  • first line
  • second line
  • third line

That's all you need? Actually I was expecting something rather special.

In Illustrator use paragraph indents plus tabstops. The tab must be at the sae position as the paragraph indent. Difficult to see in the tabulator panel screenshot.

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Explorer ,
Sep 06, 2016 Sep 06, 2016

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Monika. Most designers now know how to fake bullets using tab stops, however we all are quite annoyed how such a simple thing like bullets have been ommitted as a STANDARD feature, with bullet controls from Illustrator. Not everyone buys the entire Creative Suite, some only buy one App, e.g. Illustrator, and to create bullets manually in that program is a super, annoying pain.

Almost all other programs, you simply click a button, and set a few control settings to control the way the bullets are rendered. It's all automatic then. Line wrapping, No manual tab stop work-arounds ... it's just automatic. In fact you can even make paragraph styles in other programs (and InDesign) with bullets.

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Engaged ,
Nov 10, 2016 Nov 10, 2016

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The answer is this: Illustrator has no bullets features. Period. Even though you have all kinds of bullet features in PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, there are not "bullet" features in Illustrator. You are paying $50 per month so that you have to manually create bullets.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 11, 2016 Nov 11, 2016

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Equally, Illustrator isn't much of a photo editor, or web design tool. If you're paying $50 a month you have CC... So why use the wrong app? This is the job of InDesign.

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Engaged ,
Mar 07, 2017 Mar 07, 2017

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Test+Screen+Name  wrote

Equally, Illustrator isn't much of a photo editor, or web design tool. If you're paying $50 a month you have CC... So why use the wrong app? This is the job of InDesign.

I guess I should use "Bullets 2017" for bullets and "Drop Shadow 2017" for drop shadows? lol. Seriously?


People do diagrams for trade show booths, for example, and they do those in Illustrator for all the "drawing tools". But they also need to put some text in those diagrams. So you are saying do the "drawing" in Illustrator, then take that into InDesign just so you can put some text with bullets?

But wait, it's not even that simple, is it? You need to create a style in InDesign to do a simple bullet. Unlike PowerPoint or TextEdit, you can't just select text and then say "bullets".

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018

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In Illustrator CC 2017 and 2018 you can go to Type menu bar: Insert Special Characters: Symbols: and Bullets.

Not like InDesign but helps!

Chana

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Mar 07, 2017 Mar 07, 2017

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new in Illustrator CC 2017

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Engaged ,
Mar 07, 2017 Mar 07, 2017

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Thank you for your response. This is just inserting a bullet where ever the cursor is. It's not really a "bullets" feature, which handles the indent of the second, third...lines.

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Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018

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Is there any way we can insert bullet list not just bullet. like indesign where we can select the paragraph and insert bullets.

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Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018

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Is there any way we can insert bullet list not just bullet. like indesign where we can select the paragraph and insert bullets.

No, you can't.

Place your feature request over there: http://illustrator.uservoice.com

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New Here ,
May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018

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Alt + 8 worked for me

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