Bullet points or Dot lists

Modern journalism strives to make it easy for the reader to read quickly, so bullet points (or dot lists) are frequently used.

It’s boring to read through a paragraph that is “listing things”:

The conference’s consumer topics included electricity tariffs, rip-off loans, extended warranties, mortgage deals to avoid, child trust funds, anti-virus software and travel insurance.

I urge you to use “bullet points” (also known as “dot lists”).

They look like this:

 

The conference’s consumer topics included:

  • Electricity tariffs
  • Rip-off loans
  • Extended warranties
  • Mortgage deals to avoid
  • Child trust funds
  • Anti-virus software
  • Travel insurance

 

So consider making bullet points (or dot lists).

This example is from Microsoft Word but any word processing program will have bullet lists, even browser based email like Gmail
This example is from Microsoft Word but any word processing program will have bullet lists, even browser based email like Gmail

Instructions for inserting bullet lists or dot points in Microsoft Word (and for just about every other program)

  1. write each word or words on a separate line
  2. highlight the lines (as per the picture above)
  3. click the bullet point icon
  4. tada.  Your bullet points will be created, each line gets a bullet

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