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How to change the colour of bullet points in InDesign

A few weeks ago I recorded a short quick tip tutorial. InDesign’s Control panel, gives users a quick and easy way to format text as a bulleted list. Highlight the text, and click the Bulleted List button in the Paragraph Formatting Controls mode for the Control panel. This applies a universal bullet character as the symbol used for the bulleted list.

A question I am often asked when consulting on InDesign projects or teaching InDesign classes is:

How can I change the colour of the bullet points in InDesign.

The answer to this question is: By applying a character style to the bullet character. The following tutorial shows you step-by-step how to do that.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom H Tom H
    November 20, 2015    

    Thank you for this tutorial! I tried finding a straightforward solution in the forums, but they were all so convoluted. A quick look at your video and I was off to the races!
    Thanks!

  2. Connie Stephens Connie Stephens
    September 7, 2015    

    This is an awesome tutorial. It is very helpful. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

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