A guide to using bullet points in Excel cells

Excel, while convenient for calculating your income and spending, is not so convenient for simple formatting. At least not whilst utilising its inbuilt symbol insertion tool. If you’re at a loss for words trying to get a bullet point in Excel, this is just the place for you to look- as we have currently come across 3 methods you can utilise. 

Method Difficulty 
Keyboard shortcuts Easy 
Symbol insertion menu Intermediate 
CHAR function Hard 

In this post we’ll be providing a step-by-step guide on getting bullet points into Excel cells via keyboard shortcuts, Excel’s symbol insertion tool and lastly, Excel’s CHAR function. Please follow along carefully. 

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Using bullet points in Excel via the CHAR function 

Please remember a bullet point can be copied and pasted after you’ve placed one in a cell the first time. 

Step 1 – Open your Excel spreadsheet 

  • While not required, we’ve set up a demo table to add bullet points to. 

Step 2 – Append your text and function into the cell 

  • First enter =CHAR(149). Excel will automatically convert this to a bullet point. To add text, append &” ”&”text” but replace text with the content you’d like to append after the bullet point. 

Using bullet points in Excel via the Symbol insertion menu 

Please remember a bullet point can be copied and pasted after you’ve placed one in a cell the first time. 

Step 1 – Access the symbol insertion menu via the Insert tab 

  • From the tab bar, select Insert. Follow up by selecting Symbols and then Symbol. This will open the symbol insertion menu. 

Step 2 – Find and select the bullet point 

  • The easiest way to find the bullet point requires you to search for Character code 149 from ASCII (decimal). Once you have selected the bullet point, select Insert, followed by Close

Step 3 – Append your text to the cell 

  • To do so, just edit the cell as you normally would- double clicking the cell and inputting text. Be careful not to erase the bullet point. 

Using bullet points in Excel via keyboard shortcuts 

Please remember a bullet point can be copied and pasted after you’ve placed one in a cell the first time. 

I have a numpad 

  • With Num lock enabled, hold Alt and press 7 on the numpad (you can instead use 8 for a different bullet point). 

I do not have a numpad 

  • Holding the function key and Alt key, press 7 (or 8 for a different bullet point). 

End note 


Bullet points can be used in Excel via keyboard shortcuts, the CHAR function or the symbol insertion tool. While the shortcut method is fastest, not all keyboards may support that method, despite this, while universally supported, the other methods can be tedious to work with. 


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