How to Create New Symbols to Use in MS Word


Symbols are special characters or pictures that are added to a bulleted list or words within a document. You can use symbols when you don't have a specific letter, number or character on your computer keyboard. Symbols work hand-in-hand with bullets to spice up your Word documents. You can import characters or images from your computer file or the web and use them as symbols. The symbol or bullet can be used in a current, new or old Microsoft Word document.

  • Open a new or existing document in MS Word.

  • Select “Format” and “Bullets and Numbering” from the toolbar.

  • Click on the bullet you want to change in the “Bulleted” tab and press the “Customize” button.

  • Click on “Picture” in the "Customize Bulleted List" dialog box, then select "Import" in the "Picture Bullet" dialog box.

  • Browse to the folder where the symbol you want to create is located and choose the image you want to import. Your image must be in an image format (ex., JPG, GIF or PNG).

  • Click on “Add to” to import the image to your collection or simply choose “Add.” Then press “OK.”

  • Click “OK” to add the symbol to your document. The symbol should now be added to your bulleted list. To open your bulleted list, click on “Format” and “Bullets and Numbering.” You’ll see the new symbol there.

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