Recently, several people have asked how to replace standard bullets with images in a bulleted list.
Changing the Bullet Character
Use the Bullets & Numbering dialog box to specify a different bullet character. If you can find a picture symbol that’s part of a font, you can use that symbol in your list. Here’s a symbol from the Zapf Dingbats font.
For details on changing the bullet character, see the Change bullet characters Help topic.
Replacing the Bullets with Images
It would be nice if we could specify images using the Bullets & Numbering dialog box, but we can’t. If you absolutely need to use images for bullets that aren’t part of a font, here’s the workaround solution.
Step 1 – Add a replacement bullet character
We’ll be using the Find/Change dialog box to replace the bullet character, so let’s pick a bullet character that doesn’t appear anywhere else in the document to be safe.
Step 2 – Convert the bulleted list to text
Before you do this step, make sure you’re done editing your list. If you need to add items to your list, you may end up doing extra work. Choose Type > Bulleted & Numbered Lists > Convert Bullets to Text.
Step 3 – Resize and copy the image to be used as a bullet
In my example, I scaled down a picture of a belt buckle until it was small enough to replace the bullet, and then I copied it.
Step 4 – Find and replace the bullet character with the pasteboard image
A neat little trick in the Find/Change dialog box is the ability to change the found text to whatever is copied to the Clipboard. Insert the dummy bullet character in the Find What field. Then click the @ icon to the right of the Change To field and choose Other > Clipboard Contents, Formatted. A ^c appears in the Change To field. Then find and change the bullets.
It’s not the most elegant solution, but it gets the job done.